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Software configuration management

In software engineering, Software Configuration Management (SCM) is the task of tracking and controlling changes in the software. Configuration management practises include revision control and the establishment of baselines.

SCM concerns itself with answering the question: somebody did something, how can one reproduce it? Often the problem involves not reproducing “it” identically, but with controlled, incremental changes. Answering the question will thus become a matter of comparing different results and of analysing their differences. Traditional CM typically focused on controlled creation of relatively simple products. Nowadays, implementers of SCM face the challenge of dealing with relatively minor increments under their own control, in the context of the complex system being developed.

SCM tools

Name Vendor
AccuRev AccuRev
AllFusion CA-Pan/LCM Configuration Manager Computer Associates
BitKeeper BitMover
Bugzilla Mozilla Corporation
Changelogic Webmedia
ClearCase IBM Rational Software
codebeamer Intland
Fossil D. Richard Hipp
Mercurial Matt Mackall
MKS Source MKS
PVCS Professional Serena Software
Perforce Perforce Software
PureCM PureCM.com
Visible System’s Razor Visible Software
Sablime Lucent Technologies
SharpForge XP Software Services
StarTeam Borland
Surround SCM Seapine
Synergy/CM Telelogic
Trac Edgewall Software
Vault Sourcegear
Visual Enabler Soft Lab
Visual Source Safe Microsoft
Visual Studio Team System Microsoft
Subversion (software) Free Open Source Software (main sponsor is Collabnet)
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