Asterisk VoIP News

Monday, November 28, 2005

News: Asterisk project converts to Subversion version control system

The Asterisk development team is pleased to announce that we have migrated our project repositories and development processes over to the Subversion version control system!

Effective immediately, the primary source code distribution point for Asterisk, Zaptel and other related projects (other than release tarballs of course) will be

The actual SVN repositories are available at, and there is a ViewCVS web viewer available at There is a separate repository for each major project, and each repository is organized in the typical Subversion fashion... for example, the Asterisk repository is organized as follows: (was CVS HEAD) (was CVS v1-2) (was CVS v1-2-0)

Other branches and tags are named similarly. Builds of Asterisk made from the new repositories will report a 'show version' tag made of the SVN branch name and the repository revision number that was checked out (unlike the CVS 'show version' tags which incorporated the date/time of checkout).

The 'asterisk-cvs' mailing list has been renamed to 'svn-commits' and will continue to receive commit messages for the all the major projects on our SVN server (existing subscriptions are still in effect). In addition, there are new project specific commit mailing lists as well:


All of these lists are available on Additionally, the commit messages will contain 'X-SVN-Author' and 'X-SVN-Branch' mail headers to allow you to sort/filter the commit messages in any way you wish.

One of the major benefits of this transition is that we will be opening up 'developer branches' for Asterisk Development Team members to be able to work on projects and make them available for public review, testing and participation; look for another announcement later this week when that process is ready.

For the near future, we will continue to provide access to source code via CVS using the same servers/paths that you have previously been using; once every day, the relevant Subversion branches will be copied over into CVS and brought up to date. We expect to keep updating CVS HEAD this way for three to six months; the other branches will be maintained for six to nine months. However the CVS repositories will be
updated in a single commit each day and will not contain any detailed revision history for the changes that are made. We encourage all users to transition to using Subversion for tracking development as soon as possible.

(Special thanks to chipig, sussman, darix, jerenkrantz, eh, mbk and the others on #svn-dev who helped solve some sticky issues on Saturday evening of Thanksgiving weekend )