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Learning Perforce SCM by Robert Cowham, Neal Ralph Firth

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Software configuration management

The terms version control and software configuration management have been in use for many years. Within the software development community they are often used interchangeably. Outside the realm of software development people often refer to SCM as a specifically software related activity. All of which can lead to reader confusion.

To reduce this, we avoid using the phrase SCM in this book. When necessary, the phrase version control will refer to Perforce features dealing with the versions of a single file; and the phrase configuration management will refer to Perforce features dealing with a collection of files.

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