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Re: SVN != CVS++ was: Re: Build management

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2002-05-22 04:15:50 CEST

Heh. When I said, "we're writing a CVS replacment", I didn't mean that we
were *simply* replacing CVS. That statement is not limiting in any way. You
can replace a 1947 Ford with a 2002 Corvette. Darn small minds :-)

My statement was more like: "we're writing a CVS replacment [that kicks its
ass from here till next Tuesday]"

That said, I'll endeavor to be clearer next time so that people won't
miscontrue what I mean. Let's see... maybe something like "we're writing a
kickass version control system to give the big smackdown to CVS".

[ and no... we're still not writing a build management tool *at this time* ]


On Tue, May 21, 2002 at 03:59:45PM -0700, Justin Erenkrantz wrote:
> On Tue, May 21, 2002 at 03:38:15PM -0700, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> > Actually, I cringe when I hear people say that. :) So many people wrote
> > off CVS for "real" SCM work because of problems with it that we're fixing
> > (I won't give the obvious list). So when those people hear "we're
> > rewriting CVS", they might perceive that as a strong reason to ignore SVN
> > now as well as down the road. So I think we're significantly
> > shortchanging SVN when we say it's a "CVS replacement".
> I agree with Brian here. I've talked to some people here at ICSE
> (IEEE Conf. on Sw. Eng. where I am this week). It seems that some
> people in SCM are proposing new versioning solutions because "CVS
> isn't good enough" and, dismissing SVN because after all, "SVN is
> just CVS++." I think that's a misconception we have to fight. A
> lot of the obstacles that prevents usage of CVS in research work
> have been fixed (IMHO) in SVN (extensibility is a real good place
> to start).
> I'll try to go to the SCM impact presentation on Friday to see what
> the eggheads are talking about. I doubt there'll be anything of
> interest to SVN, but you never know. Like Fitz, I'll try to
> evangelize SVN where I can. -- justin

Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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