These documents describe Aegis version 4.22, which is current as of April 2006.
Some paths mentioned in the documents depend on local configuration; for example, /opt/aegis/ may stand for /usr/local/ on your system.
Aegis is a transaction-based, software configuration management system, written by Peter Miller. It includes intelligent version control, but also (normally) ensures that changes are reviewed and that software passes tests as development proceeds. Aegis is mature, open source software, available under the conditions of the Gnu Public License.
In addition to handling more functions than your average version control system, Aegis is extremely flexible, which can make it rather complicated. Fortunately, Peter Miller has written comprehensive documentation for it. Unfortunatly, his documentation was originally rather old-fashioned (troff, no hyperlinks). I wanted to learn about a new documentation system called DocBook XML and improve my familiarity with Aegis, which is one of my favorite software tools. Hence this site. (Two things I learned about DocBook are that the stylesheets are still in active development and that none of the free software packages for applying stylesheets to XML are likely to be among my favorite tools any time soon.)
This documentation is also subject to the GPL. Since it is still in preliminary development, it is not on the official Aegis site. Space constraints force me to satisfy the distribution requirement by sending the sources via email; address requests to ralph.a.smith1 AT verizon.net.
Comments on formatting and document structure should also go to ralph.a.smith1 AT verizon.net.
For the time being, I am tracking Peter's documentation very closely, so comments on content and language should still go to millerp AT canb.auug.org.au.
The HTML versions are in chunks of moderate size. The PDF should be compatible with any reasonable reader (let me know otherwise).