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Git vs SVN

 
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Is Git better than SVN ? What are the major differences between Git and Subversion? When to use Git over SVN ?
 
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I resisted using git for a fair amount of time -- no good reason, just inertia.

Once I started using git, it's like night and day. The ease with which one can branch and merge is astounding compare to svn, in my opinion.
 
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To me, the major difference between Git and SVN is philosophical. Whereas Subversion essentially stores a whole set of changed files - and applies an arbitrary version number to that set - the essence of Git is in its idea of only storing changes.
So it is a difference between making an entire copy and keeping track of only the Delta. For this reason merging and branching is easier because git has the ability to "reassemble" the series of changes that led to any particular state (commit; a point in time) of the project.

Additionally, I have a distaste for the way in which SVN leaves those 'tracking' files (hidden ".svn") all over the filesystem as a means to its internal housekeeping.
 
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