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Re: subversion viable replacement to MS sourcesafe?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-05-01 18:50:32 CEST

Jev <jev@ecad.org> writes:

> Hello all,

Hi Jev!

> I work with a small development team who uses MS Source-Safe. We will
> move to CVS, unless at this point subversion could do the job instead.

Having used MSS myself, I extend my condolences. :-)

> Would subversion be a viable replacement to CVS right now?

It's in pre-alpha, pretty stable, but still some bugs. Read the FAQ
on the website: "Is Subversion stable enough for me to use for my own
projects?" We've been using subversion to develop subversion since
last August, and no major problems yet. I might even venture to say
the experience has been pleasureable.

> What kind of interface besides command line (I love the command
> line, but my colleagues wouldn't be so keen im afraid!) are
> available to windows users?

Command-line only right now, although because of our portabality
library (APR), it works on Win32.

Folks are working on client GUIs, but they're all still vaporware.

> Is it possible to use IE/WebFolders and WebDav or have I
> miss-understood the application of the WebDav interface?

You can currently mount an SVN repository as a "web folder" in Win32
or MacOSX. However, you can't write to the share. The subversion
server doesn't yet support the webdav "auto-versioning feature"
(i.e. support clients that are unaware of the webdav/deltaV
extensions.) That feature may not exist for a while, unless some
volunteer gets motivated.

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Received on Wed May 1 18:53:48 2002

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