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Re: ANN: Version Control with Subversion published by O'Reilly Media

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-06-25 18:51:30 CEST

On Fri, 2004-06-25 at 11:33, Faheem Mitha wrote:

> Actually, I meatn the latter (version of book in repository) but I'm also
> interested in the former information. Are there any definite plans for new
> editions? Thanks for replying.

Well, the published book doesn't *exactly* correspond to any tagged
revision. The publishing process was yucky and messy:

1. we gave O'Reilly a tagged snapshot

2. months later, they gave us hardcopy to proofread. This hardcopy had
their own changes (which weren't enumerated, we had to hunt for them!),
and meanwhile, the book's source had continued to evolve on its own.

3. we spent a very painful evening trying to "merge" changes back and
forth between the two lines of development. Everytime we spotted an
editorial change, we updated the docbook source. And we ended up
sending verbal descriptions of source-changes back.

So the result is that the book and /trunk are very, very close. But a
bunch of lossy, fuzzy editing and merging happened. There are very
likely a few small changes that weren't ported in one direction or

But yes, the book will continue to evolve. Once we freeze the trunk for
1.1, we'll be forking the book just like the code. And the website will
have 1.0 and 1.1 versions of the book.

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