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Another introduction

From: Kean Johnston <jkj_at_caldera.com>
Date: 2002-09-23 09:16:03 CEST


Seeing Brian's mail made me realize I just joined the list and
started posting, without a word of hello, how are you and heres
who I am. Sorry! Here goes ...

I am Kean Johnston, senior kernel & applications engineer at
The SCO Group, formerly Caldera International, formerly SCO :)
I work primarily on the OpenServer operating system (SVR3.2
at its heart, with many SVR4-isms thrown in), although I do
get roped in to helping out in UnixWare, an SVR5 based UNIX.
My areas of expertise are electronic licensing, the console
device drivers, cc and libc, and general all-round UNIX head.
I tend to do almost all the integration and porting of open
source projects for OpenServer, both those that go into the
product, and those that are "unsupported" on our Skunkware
CD, a collection of pre-compiled open source stuff. I've been
involved in various open source projects over the years,
mainly helping out with porting and testing, but occasionally
adding small subsystems into larger projects (the modules code
in Xemacs was my doing, for example). I can make autoconf
dance a merry jig, I am comfortable debugging raw assembly
when required, and I have a tendency to run into bugs that a
lot of other people seem to miss (perhaps because I work on
such an old OS).

My interest in subversion stems from my very heart-felt desire
to move our current product build from an SCCS based system
to "something else that's not CVS because it cant handle
directory moving and that's not clearcase because that's an
abomination unto mankind" :) From what I have read, svn looks
like it may very well be the answer to my prayers. In order
for svn to work for me I have to be able to import about
200 000 files, totally a little over 9 million lines of code.
No small task that :) Once the historical structure is
imported and working, then I need to re-arrange our current
6-different-tree debacle into a single buildable tree, by
moving all the required bits around using svn. I will be
working on an SCCS-to-svn conversion tool once I am more
familiar with svn's architecture and I have a bit more
experience with it under my belt. Would such a tool be
useful to anyone other than me?

Anyway that's enough about me. I am off to play with my
bright shiny new svn binary to start getting a feel for
this beast. So far though, in comparison to a lot of other
projects I've worked on, this has been one of the easiest
ports. You have all done a sterling job and should be
proud. I thank you!


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Received on Mon Sep 23 09:32:19 2002

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