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Subversion vs. VSS

From: Mark Grosberg <mark_at_nolab.conman.org>
Date: 2003-11-07 20:07:34 CET

Bryce Schober wrote:

> Mark wrote:
> > It's pretty telling that Microsoft doesn't use it for the Windows source.
> So what *do* they use? Anyone know?

AFAIK they use something called "SourceDepot", which I believe they had
custom written / contracted out. Somewhere there is a paper by Mark
Lucovsky about the change in development environment. In the NT 3.51 days
they had a home-made system that had no branching support and AFAIK,
didn't keep deltas.

But my view on VSS is pretty much on par with the previous few messages:
Avoid it like the plague. It corrupts its repository constantly.
Especially for remote workers. They use VSS at my day job (a 100%
microsoft shop) and its terrible. We have constant problems with it.

Anything is better than VSS. Keeping backup directories with no CM is
probably a better solution than VSS.

If Eric's organization is dead-set on a commercial product, I would have
to say ClearCase. But ClearCase is expensive and requires
constant network connectivity. Subversion is probably more appropriate for
a distributed environment.

Mark G.

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