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Version Control with Subversion, 2nd Edition by Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman, C. Michael Pilato

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Subversion’s Architecture

Figure 1 illustrates a mile-high view of Subversion’s design.

Subversion’s architecture
Figure 1. Subversion’s architecture

On one end is a Subversion repository that holds all of your versioned data. On the other end is your Subversion client program, which manages local reflections of portions of that versioned data (called working copies). Between these extremes are multiple routes through various Repository Access (RA) layers. Some of these routes go across computer networks and through network servers, which then access the repository. Others bypass the network altogether and access the repository directly.

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