Pastwatch: A Distributed Version Control System

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Executive Summary

Pastwatch is a version control system that acts like a traditional client-server system when users are connected to the network; users can see each other's changes immediately after the changes are committed. When a user is not connected, Pastwatch also allows users to read revisions from the repository, commit new revisions and share modifications directly between users, all without access to the central repository. In contrast, most existing version control systems require connectivity to a centralized server in order to read or update the repository.

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