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Re: Is SVN ready for use?

From: Ketil Z. Malde <ketil_at_ii.uib.no>
Date: 2002-12-10 10:06:46 CET

Noel Yap <yap_noel@yahoo.com> writes:

> A good portion of the build breakage is due to developers forgetting
> to checkin a file, most likely a new file they forgot to add to begin
> with.

This happened a lot when we were using VSS, where everything is
file-based. I don't have the same kind of experience with SVN/CVS,
but it seems using top-level update/status/commit eliminates most of

The flip side of the coin is that when you start modifying a file,
VS/VSS will check out the latest file from the repository, which may
not match the rest of your files, possibly (i.e. quite often) breaking

The lockless model prevents this (although you eventually will have to
do the merge, of course).

> Part of our problem is that the code base is so large that any build
> break is a large build break

Regardless, the smaller the checkin is, the easier it is to point at
the bug. (But, yeah, it does sound like you have a process problem,
not a technical one.)


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Received on Tue Dec 10 10:17:19 2002

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