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RE: Switch from VSS to SVN with Windows-based repository and serv er

From: Wadsworth, Eric (Contractor) <wadswore_at_fhu.disa.mil>
Date: 2003-07-14 16:45:08 CEST

> I'm willing to deal with annoyances and occasional glitches
> of a product
> at SVN's maturity level, as long as we don't lose code.
> (It's at least
> better than not having source control!) But, working in a Windows-only
> environment, I'm a bit concerned about something from the FAQ:
> "In practice, it's difficult to get the Subversion repository
> running on
> non-Unix platforms; if you succeed, we'd like to hear about it."
> 1) Is this still true?
> 2) Does the Win32 installer Jostein has been maintaining make this any
> easier?
> 3) Is it setting up a Windows-based repository that requires
> the Python
> bindings that were discussed at length a couple of days ago?


As for losing source code, this is absolutely the worst-case scenario, in my
book. The ideal solution is to export the repostitory and back it up
regularly. It's not hard, and fairly easy to automate.

As for Windows-only environments, I have worked at two different companies
that are using subversion. In both cases, almost all development has been on
Windows boxes, and in both cases, we use a dedicated *nix box to host the
subversion server and repository. In one instance, it was a linux box,
running Redhat. At my current location, I set up a subversion server on a
Sun Solaris box.

While the windows boxes go up and down like yo-yos, the *nix box just sits
there and does its job without interruption. Setup and maintanance is a
piece of cake, too. The server sits far away in another room, and I just ssh
to it, should I need to do anything on it (which is rare).

This Sun Solaris is overkill, but since it was available, I just started
using it. I recommend getting some PC that fell out of the bottom of an
upgrade path, wipe Windows off of it, put on Linux, and have it host
subversion. That's a pretty painless solution, if you ask me.

--- Eric

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