svk - A Distributed Version Control System


svk command [options] [args]


SVK is a decentralized version control system written in Perl. It uses the Subversion filesystem but provides additional features:

  • Offline operations like checkin, log, merge.

  • Distributed branches.

  • Lightweight checkout copy management (no .svn directories).

  • Advanced merge algorithms, like star-merge and cherry picking.

For more information about the SVK project, visit

Run svk help to access the built-in tool documentation.

By default svk stores its state in the .svk directory in your home directory. You can change this default by setting the SVKROOT environment variable to your preferred svk depot path.


Chia-liang Kao <>


Copyright 2003-2005 by Chia-liang Kao <>.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.