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From: Curtis Dunn <Curtis.Dunn_at_toyoda-na.com>
Date: 2007-05-09 18:09:31 CEST

I am a summer intern with a company that has requested that I help them
develop a software back-up strategy. After they described all of the
requirements they were looking for, it sounded like they were really
searching for a version control system. I recall that while working
with the spallation neutron source at oak ridge national lab, they made
the transition from cvs to subversion. Unfortunately I had very little
experience with either one. Still, I figure why waste the time and
energy starting with a program from scratch when there is an open source
project available with way more functionality than I could implement in
a summer and that has an active "support group".

I am not much of a network guy but I realize that we will have to
install subversion to the main server. However, we want the appropriate
engineers to be able to access the repository from anywhere on the local
network. It would seem that installing subversion just to the server
would be sufficient for allowing the engineers to access the repository
through a terminal, but since we are running windows I would like to try
TortoiseSVN. I wouldn't think it would be necessary to install
tortoisesvn to a user's computer in order for them to become a client,
but I do not see how the user would be able to utilize the shell
extension that allows them to control Subversion from within windows
explorer. I guess what I am really trying to figure out is how to
install Subversion with TortoiseSVN so that any computer on the network
can be a client that has access to the repository.

Also I realize that Subversion can run with either a recent version of
the apache web server or just with the standalone svnserve client. I
believe it would be wise to start out with svnServe just to get the feel
of Subversion. However, I am interested in some of the features that
are only available with apache such as a web interface. Unfortunately,
they state that subversion is "somewhat" slower with apache than it is
with svnserve. Is apache a significantly slower option or is there only
a minor change?

Thanks in advance, and I apologize for the tedious "beginner level"
questions as well as the long message.

Curtis
Received on Wed May 9 18:09:47 2007

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