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Is subversion safe to use?

From: Gary Thomas <gary_at_mlbassoc.com>
Date: 2004-11-26 13:16:14 CET

I've been using this [slack] week to bring subversion into my workplace.
I'm quite a confident, longtime user of CVS and was feeling pretty good
about how svn fell into place. Then I performed the "unspeakable"; I
touched the setup (I upgraded to a new version) and all of my work for
the week now seems to be untouchable. Nothing I've tried has worked :-(

Before this happened, I made hot backups of my repositories (as well
as "normal" file system backups). I can't access any of them either.

The loss is not so big - I can recreate what I've done since it was only
a few days work and I keep good records. But what happens the next
time? What if it's after weeks or months of using this tool and then I
find that everything is gone?

Am I just being paranoid? What strategies can I utilize to minimize
the likelihood?

In the meantime, I'm rebuilding my repositories using FSFS (the main
reason I was upgrading anyway). Hopefully that will be more stable.

n.b. if there's a way to recover my [old] work, I'm still game to try!

-- 
Gary Thomas <gary@mlbassoc.com>
MLB Associates
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