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Re: GUI Notes

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2001-07-04 17:28:58 CEST

Kevin Pilch-Bisson <kevin@pilch-bisson.net> writes:

> Just thought I would point out cervisia, a KDE CVS gui. It is now a
> KPart(embeddable component) as well. If no one gets to it before
> then, I will probably look at changing it to use subversion some
> time in August.

The screenshots look beautiful, certainly nicer than the GNOME
"pharmacy" cvs gui.

But be careful: there's a lot a hand-waving going on when you talk
about just "changing it to use subversion". CVS and Subversion have
fundamentally different revision-control models -- like the whole
global revision idea, for example. And properties. And branches and
tags.

And the other problem is that all current CVS guis are just wrappers
around the command-line client, along with direct parsing of CVS/
administrative files. Considering all the effort we've gone through
to "librarize" subversion, it would be a *huge* disappointment to me
if a GUI didn't use our APIs.

(In fact, I think it would be downright dangerous to directly parse
SVN/ administrative files! That's why we have a C API to access their
contents -- the file formats should be nobody's business, and we
should be able to change them at will, as long as the API stays the
same.)

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