(It is upon the Trunk that a gentleman works.)”
Branching, tagging, and merging are concepts common to
almost all version control systems. If you're not familiar with
these ideas, we provide a good introduction in this chapter. If
you are familiar, then hopefully you'll find it interesting to
see how Subversion implements these ideas.
Branching is a fundamental part of version control. If
you're going to allow Subversion to manage your data, then this
is a feature you'll eventually come to depend on. This chapter
assumes that you're already familiar with Subversion's basic
concepts (Chapter 1, Fundamental Concepts).