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Re: Files not downloaded on checkout

From: Geoff Beaumont <geoffbeaumont_at_stormhammer.com>
Date: 2003-07-04 16:35:28 CEST

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> Then you shouldn't be using unreleased, alpha software. :-)

A calculated risk ;c)

Even as alpha, Subversion seems to have a better security record than
many full release packages.

> Seriously... I'm thrilled that popular distributions (like SuSE or
> Redhat9) are distributing subversion, it's great marketing. But the
> problem is that people then consider some 3 or 6-month old version of
> svn to be a "standard OS package" or something "managed" by the OS.

It's a standard package for SuSE 8.2, and should therefore be patched if
there are any security holes found in it. I guess there's a
significantly higher risk of the security hole not getting found in
alpha software, as the version most developers will be looking at will
be the latest, or very close too.

> A new version of subversion is released every 2-4 weeks, and
> distributions are not. Unless the distros start releasing new binary
> packages every time svn releases, people are going to run into version
> mismatch problems very quickly.

That's not really a problem in this case, as this is the only Subversion
repositary used by any of the clients, so as long as they are all the
same version it doesn't matter that they aren't up to date.

> I guess the warning here is: if you depend on subversion, then make
> sure you're running the latest release at all times, at least till we
> hit 1.0. If your distro upgrades it for you, then great. If the
> distro isn't keeping up, you need to be building from source regularly.

I take your point, though I'd have thought that if you depend_ on
Subversion, the last_ thing you'd want to be doing is upgrading it every

I should probably be using CVS, but I've tried it before and it drove me
up the wall. So far, I'm really impressed with Subversion. It happens I
do occasionally rename files and directories...

Geoff Beaumont
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