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Re: Development practices using Subversion

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2004-08-08 16:44:54 CEST

> My understanding of a "floating label" is that it always refers
> to the last "good" build/baseline. This is different from the
> "tip" of the codeline (branch) in that the "tip" is the latest
> versions of everything on the branch (or, for svn, latest
> version of the codebase on that branch). When I see "floating
> labels" used, the latest/tip is different from the most recently
> "approved" built/baselined configuration.

The only system I have used with floating labels is PVCS VM. In PVCS, the
label just "floats" with the latest commit. You usually use them with
branches to make a "project branch" since branches are otherwise just by
file. The label allows you to pull the right files for that release. In
PVCS VM, the feature you describe would typically be gained by using
"Promotion Groups: (not that we are talking about PVCS here).

As far as labelling the last good build, I see no reason why tags in
Subversion would not work fine for that.


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