Fossil is an open source distributed version control system, bug tracking system and wiki software server for use in software development. Fossil does not require a central server to function. Content is stored using a SQLite database.
Fossil is used for version control by the SQLite project, which is itself a component of Fossil. Fossil is a single self-contained program written in the C programming language.
Being distributed, Fossil requires no central server.
- Robust and lightweight in operation.
- Built-in and intuitive web interface reducing project tracking complexity.
- Uses ordinary HTTP (or HTTPS or SSH) for network communications, so it works fine from behind restrictive firewalls.
- CGI/SCGI Enabled. This feature allows Fossil to be seamlessly integrated into a larger website.
- Supports “autosync” mode which helps to keep projects moving forward by reducing the amount of needless forking and merging.
- Content is stored using an enduring file format in an SQLite database so that transactions are atomic.
- Bug Tracking.
- Web-based graphical user interface.
- Autosync mode to remove the need to fork and merge. Autosync mode is reminiscent of CVS or SVN in that it automatically keeps your changes in synchronization with your co-workers through the use of a central server.
- Simple HTTP with proxy support for network communications.
- CGI enabled.
- Immutable artefacts.
- Works with repository files (a database with the project’s complete history) and with checked-out local trees.
- Supports embedded documentation.
- Built-in wiki.
- Simple, well-defined, enduring file format.
- Single self-contained stand-alone executable.
- Automatic replication and backup.
- URL Aliases. URL Aliases allow an administrator to define their own URLs on the web interface that are rewritten to built-in URLs with specific parameters.
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