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Sourcesafe user needs primer on branching source control

From: Drake Christensen <christed_at_mightydrake.com>
Date: 2004-03-10 20:42:23 CET

Apparently I have a brick wall in my brain. I'm confused by the extra
/trunk and /branch directories that are recommended by the manual. I
come from the Sourcesafe world where there's basically a one-to-one
correspondence between a project in the repository and the directory it
gets pulled down to. I don't understand the purpose of those extra
physical directories on the hard drive. I especially don't see how
those are to be incorporated in any IDE environment. I could kinda see
how one might be able to run command-line tools against any of the
directories, as long as relative paths and environment variables were
used where appropriate. But it's non-trivial to point an IDE at a
different directory that's ostensibly holding the same project.

Whine, whine, whine. Okay. Done.

Can anyone point me at a primer that would help a Sourcesafe user
transition to a source control system that encourages branching? I
assume someone, somewhere has written such a primer for CVS by now, but
I couldn't find one in over an hour of Googling last night. Obviously,
an SVN-specific article would be even better.

Thanks a lot,
Drake Christensen

P.S. I don't have a current Sourcesafe database I need to convert
over. I just need help making the paradigm shift to using this new tool.

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