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Subversion SVN Interview Questions and Answers

1
What is SVN? Explain.

SVN or Subversion is an open source control system; it is used to trace all the changes made to your source code or files. It is a repository used to manage files, folders, directories and the modification made to these files over a period of time. While SVN repository provides a complete history of changes made to the files and can easily track if someone had made changes in the file.

2
Which version control (VC) or software configuration management (SCM) systems work with Merge?

You can use Tortoise SVN,which has Merge Utility embedded in it.

3
What is the difference between GIT and SVN repository? Mention.

The difference between SVN and GIT is

  • Git does not support “commits” across multiple branches or tags. Subversion allows the creation of folders at any location in the repository layout.
  • Gits are unchangeable while subversion enables committers to treat a tag a branch and to create multiple revisions under a tag root.
  • Git is less preferred for handling large files or frequently changing binary files while SVN is capable of handling multiple projects stored in the same repository.
4
What is eSvn?

eSvn is cross-platform and runs under Unix-like operating systems and it is a GUI for subversion like tortoise svn.

5
List out what all things should be stored in SVN repository?

In SVN repository you can store

  • Source Code
  • Build scripts
  • Test data used by QA
  • DB schema
  • Project settings (When whole team is using the same IDE)
  • Project documentation (Internal and External)
  • Minutes of meetings, significant e-mails and info from the web
  • Expensively generated artifacts
  • And other documents related to the project
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