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bzr - The Bazaar source revision control system

LenZ's picture
Submitted by LenZ on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 21:18.

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Session time: 
08/29/2008 - 16:00 - 08/29/2008 - 16:45

This talk gives an introduction to Bazaar (bzr) - the distributed source code revision control system developed by Canonical Inc.

In this session, Lenz will provide an overview about the general concepts of distributed source code revision control and how Bazaar (bzr) fits into this picture. The bzr terminology and most useful commands will be explained as well as examples on topics like:

  • Creating a repository
  • Adding files
  • Editing files and commiting changes
  • Branching
  • Plugins and extensions, Interoperability with other SCM systems

Attendees will have a better understanding on how distributed revision control works in principle and how it can be utilized with Bazaar. The basic commands needed to get going will be covered, so users can get familiar with the concept by themselves.

Some basic understanding of source code revision control systems (e.g. CVS, Subversion) is probably required to make the most out of this session and to understand why Bazaar (or any other distributed revision control system) is superior to these.

emmajane's picture


I'm definitely interested in attending this session as I'm also in the process of implementing bzr. If for some reason this ends up in a time slot that I can't attend I'll ping you directly to figure out when I can bug you with questions at DrupalCon. :)

LenZ's picture

Thanks for your interest!

Thanks for your interest! Feel free to bug me with questions any time. We (MySQL) have just recently migrated our source trees from BitKeeper to Bazaar. We're quite happy with it, and the support from Canonical is superb!

emmajane's picture

Delighted with the support

I've also been delighted with the support. They're great in the IRC channel even for small freelancers like myself! Based on one evening in IRC I got the following up and working:

David Strauss's picture

Four Kitchens uses Bazaar

Four Kitchens is using Bazaar for most projects now. I encourage anyone frustrated with Subversion and CVS to attend this BoF session to learn about the easiest-to-use distributed revision-control system.

LenZ's picture

bzr session now scheduled for 08/29/2008 - 16:00-16:45

$SUBJECT says it all - see you in the Sun BOF room!