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Re: Suggestion for FAQ

From: Travis <svn_at_castle.fastmail.fm>
Date: 2004-01-15 04:57:24 CET

[Oops, initially sent from the wrong address so I think it was lost and
am sending from the correct address.]

I think that the build and installation will definitely need to be
improved for adoption as "compelling replacement for CVS." CVS is
wonderfully simple to setup. It compiles very easily on a myriad of
platforms. And as well as supporting large installations, it is easy
to create a small installation for a "small, side project to solve a
problem that's bugging me" (some of which grow up to be major
products). It's easy to install for student projects at Universities
that similarly sometimes grow into major projects (even if the
sysadmins haven't supplied it, it's easy for a student to build and
install). A project can grow-up with CVS. I think it is these
ease-of-install features combined with the version control features and
friendly licensing helped make it ubiquitous.

Subversion has friendly licensing and *great* improvements in version
control features. It may even be as easy-to-use after install. But it
is not easy to install. I hope that simplifying build and installation
is a goal. Currently Subversions seems more a "compelling replacement
for CVS for Enterprise projects" who can dedicate serious resources
solely to the version control.

I've recently decided to give a more concerted effort than I have in
the past -- I really want directory-versioning; it would be a major
boon for Java development where package structure and directory
structure are tied together.

I need a server on Linux and clients on AIX, MacOS X, and Linux. Much
thanks to Justin Mecham for the OSX package. As you can see from my
notes the last couple of days, building just a working client on AIX is
proving to be quite challenging. The people at work think I'm wasting
my time and should just stick with CVS. (I do realize that AIX on IBM
pSeries is a relatively uncommon and expensive platform to which many
developers do not have access. If I can find fixes that will help the
cross-platform compatibility with AIX, I'll be sure to feed them back.)

Thanks for your note Pete. I've recently learned that my plan for SSH
tunneling to the Linux server won't work acceptably and thought I'd
have to attack the Apache2/WebDAV installation problem. I'll be taking
a look at svnserve first.

Travis Pouarz

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