Bky 1.0.0 review

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Bky is a minimalistic, distributed Version Control System/Source Code Management tool

License: BSD License
File size: 13K
Developer: Angel Ortega
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Bky is a minimalistic, distributed Version Control System/Source Code Management tool. Bky uses rsync as a backend to store revisions as complete trees, optimizing the size by storing unchanged files as hard links.

Here are some key features of "Bky":

The repository is not stored in a central server as in CVS or Subversion, but as a subdirectory inside your working directory, like Arch, Darcs or Linus Torvalds' git. Developers communicate via patches.

Cheap branches

Just copy your tree to another directory and you've started a new branch.
Old history is easily pruned Legacy revisions can just be deleted or moved to another place with your usual filesystem tools.


Any given revision under the repository is a directory with all your files that can be used, copied or stored as-is.

Repository is easily manipulable

As every revision is stored as plain files, you can delete, add or modify files, or update the commit message without interfering.

No need for special commands to put files under version control

Just create a file in your working directory and it will automatically be version-controlled. Uninteresting files as object files, libraries or other generated files are automatically ignored. Also, there is support for .cvsignore files.

Small dependencies

Bky is a shell script. It needs rsync, diff and the usual Unix basic tools. You also need a filesystem that support hard and symbolic links. That's it. It's just a version control system.

What's New in This Release:
Specific files can be commited (no longer limited to full commits).
The "branchname" command was added to set or get the name of a branch.
RCS style revision ID tags were added.
The commit message can be read from a file.
The commit_id argument to the "patchset" command has been made optional.
The license was changed from the GPL to a BSD-style license.

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