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Re: Questions from a SourceSafe escapee!!

From: Michael Armida <marmida_at_radarblue.com>
Date: 2004-04-18 00:33:36 CEST

Hi Eric,

We also use svn to handle internet app development, and without
addressing your workflow/moderation issues, I'd say it does it beautifully.

Binary assets are handled in a CVS-like way, insofar as being versioned
without supporting line-by-line diffs. SVN will, by default, take
guesses as to the binary/non-binary status of new files, and will add
"(bin)" (or is it "(binary)"?) to the output of your "svn commit"
session. If its not getting all the files you need, see the subversion
book about the client config file; there, you can set filename pattern
matchings to be associated with the "svn:mime-type" property; this
should be set on binary files.

I can't say much about the moderation issues you bring up, but I'd
suggest setting up a post-commit hook so you are notified of commits and
can review (and potentially act upon) new code.

Otherwise, what's so different about handling website code vs. program
code? They both are text files that need line-by-line versioning,
regardless of lock vs. merge methodology, right?

- Michael

Eric Carlson wrote:
> Hi,
> Being a longtime VSS user I'm used to the file locking model rather
> than the SVN checkin and merge model. It seems to me the check in
> process is good only for *program source* files. I can see if several
> programmers updated the same file, their individual edits could well
> be merged to create a useful whole. But thats only source files - what
> about graphics, or even websites like I use in VSS? Theres more work
> in merging a complex html page >1 user has updated than just letting
> each change it in turn a la VSS.
> Please don't get me wrong, I am committed to moving to SVN but just
> need to know how to manage this issue before I do.
> The other concern (or perhaps this is a way round it?) is the idea of
> moderation. I see from some open source mail lists I'm subscribed to
> comments like "+1" for a feature. Does this mean a user has posted a
> candidate update which won't automatically get committed until its
> somehow authorised? How is this managed in SVN please?
> Is there a way to force an SVN repository to use the file locking
> model?
> Thanks, & thanks to for a great looking app!
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