Source Management Tools
Here are some different source management tools commonly used with Linux:
- David Wheeler has an excellent breakdown of various SCM tools at: http://www.dwheeler.com/essays/scm.html
- IBM has an good overview of available tools at: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-vercon/
- There is a comparison of several different tools at: http://better-scm.berlios.de/comparison/comparison.html
Patch Management Tools
- diff - to create patches
- use 'man diff' on your local system for information
- patch - to apply patches
- use 'man patch' on your local system for information
- Quilt is good for managing a group of patches relative to a single source base.
- diffstat reads a patch file (or standard input) and displays a histogram of the insertions, deletions, and modifications per-file. It is useful for reviewing large, complex patch files. It reads from one or more input files or from standard input. If an input filename ends with .bz2, .Z or .gz, diffstat will read the uncompressed data via a pipe from the corresponding program.
- Tim's patch management tools - diffinfo and friends - a more verbose diffstat, with splitting, joining and comparing of patches
- See also Diff And Patch Tricks
GIT is the source code management tool used by many kernel developers.
- GIT project home page: http://git.or.cz/