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Re: SVN is not truly distributed?

From: Stephen C. Tweedie <sct_at_redhat.com>
Date: 2002-08-08 14:35:33 CEST


On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 09:16:17PM -0400, Mark C. Chu-Carroll wrote:

> This is what kills me about Larry's endless claims that you
> can't build a truly distributed SCM system on a non-distributed one.
> BitKeeper *is* built using a non-distributed system as its basis


> Doing true distribution in an SCM system is *very* hard. But ultimately,
> what you need is essentially a globally unique identifier for branches
> and versions; an ability to recognize differences between different
> repositories using those globally unique branch/version IDs;

Amen --- global identification of complete histories is precisely what
makes proper distributed operation possible. Too many people get hung
up on "unless it works in such-and-such a manner internally, you can't
distribute it". It's not the internals that count as much as whether
you can maintain appropriate labels for the versioned objects and
their versions.


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