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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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Chapter 14. The Git Version Control System

Git is a powerful, open source, distributed version control system (DVCS). It is not considered as user-friendly as Subversion but has many advanced features, including elegant merges of contributions from multiple independent sources and the ability to access the entire project history, even when not connected to a central server.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Conceptual overview

  • Using Git: a quick tour

  • The Git command line client: git

Version control was introduced in Chapter 12, which contains a comparison of Subversion, Git, and other popular systems. A more thorough discussion on Git can be found in Jon Loeliger’s Version Control with Git (O’Reilly).

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