Monotone is a free, distributed version control system. It provides fully disconnected operation, manages complete tree versions, keeps its state in a local transactional database, supports overlapping branches and extensible metadata, uses an efficient peer-to-peer network protocol, performs history-sensitive merging, and delegates trust functions to client-side RSA certificates.
Monotone is especially strong in its support of a diverge/merge workflow, which it achieves in part by always allowing commit before merge.
Revisions are exchanged using the custom netsync protocol which shares some conceptual ground with rsync and cvsup.
- Distributed approach to version control.
- Uses SHA-1 hashes to identify specific files or groups of files, as with Git and Mercurial, in the place of version numbers.
- Import CVS projects.
- Signing of revisions using RSA certificates.
- Easy to learn, due to a command set similar to that of CVS.
- Professional documentation.
- Good support for internationalization and localization.
- Portable design, implemented in C++.
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