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Re: new to subversion

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-04-12 18:04:41 CEST

Gregor Zeitlinger <zeitling@informatik.hu-berlin.de> writes:

> I read there's a cvs2svn in planning. Is it done yet?

It's not quite done yet -- it works rudimentarily, but doesn't do
branches or tags yet.

> Can I install svn as a regular user, because I'm not administrator where
> my repository resides?

Certainly. You can build subversion in your home directory, and then
just create a local-access repository using BerkeleyDB.

A word of warning. If you're just a casual CVS user looking for
something better, SVN may not be stable enough for you to use just yet
-- be sure to read our FAQ (excerpt below). If you plan to use SVN,
you might need to put on your "developer hat" and participate on the
developer's list.


Is Subversion stable enough for me to use for my own projects?

Yes and No.

We say "Yes" because we do believe that Subversion is stable and have
confidence in our code, so we've been self-hosting since September of
2001--eating our own caviar so to speak.

We say "No" because if something goes wrong with our svn repository,
we've got a horde of active developers who will stay up sleepless
nights hunting down the problem and rescuing our data. As altruistic
as this horde might be, they don't have time to rescue the data for
thousands of people who are storing their data in a pre-alpha product.

We say "No" because there's a good chance that the filesystem might
change before we go 1.0, and we don't plan on writing and testing and
shipping conversion utilities.

So, as long as you're willing to take those risks, then go right ahead
and use Subversion.

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Received on Fri Apr 12 18:06:47 2002

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