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Re: production ready?

From: Kirby C. Bohling <kbohling_at_birddog.com>
Date: 2003-04-21 23:44:44 CEST

On Mon, 2003-04-21 at 16:18, Brian Denny wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 21, 2003 at 03:19:13PM -0500, B. W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> >
> > rbraswell@connected.com writes:
> > > Ok.. So am I better of using CVS until 1.0 ships, or do you feel that a
> > > pre-release subversion build is better than the current release of cvs?
> >
> > I think that you're better off with a pre-release of Subversion than
> > the current release of CVS if you don't mind following the Subversion
> > announcements list and upgrading your Subversion installation every
> > month or six weeks until it hits 1.0 (and this includes a possible
> > repository dump/reload or 2).
>
> a few other things to consider:
>
> - Subversion GUI clients are (as far as i've seen) not yet mature/stable.
>
> - the cvs2svn repository conversion script isn't really ready for prime
> time.

In the interest of full disclosure (not that I think anybody has
anything to hide):

Somebody posted to the list about losing a complete OS X repository.
They were generally unhappy about it. What I got out of the thread was
that Berkeley DB 4.0 has bugs in it under OS X.

From what I can tell, Subversion is stable, and highly tested on a
subset of platforms it's ported to. You're probably best off staying
with Linux or FreeBSD for the server (I believe those are the two most
developers actually use when testing).

<opinion based on reading the list>
Which RA layer to use is up for grabs. My bet is that ra_dav is
probably the best tested one given how many people check out the
original source over it. It's also the slowest one, and has some
timeout issues (from what I've read on the list). Personally, I think
the ra_svn would be the best in the long run, but it was added the most
recently. I know there were complaints about how it got features left
out of it, that ra_local, and ra_dav had. I believe that situation has
been resolved (never used it, I just follow the mailing list). I know
there are several groups using ra_svn successfully and post about it
periodically.
</opinion>

I'd guess that as long as you stay near what the main developers use as
a server, you're probably going to have very good luck with Subversion.
If you stray off onto other platforms (especially as the server), you
are more likely to run into completely new issues. Good luck, and
report back. I believe there is a page somewhere where people list
known subversion repositories. I'm surprised no ones posted the link.
I thought fitz was the guy who put the list together.

        Thanks,
                Kirby

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