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Re: why wasn't subversion developed from cvs source code?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-01-09 22:59:29 CET

On Jan 9, 2005, at 3:30 PM, Garrett Rooney wrote:

> Alin Hanghiuc wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> I have a question that I can't get it out of my head: why wasn't
>> subversion
>> developed from the cvs source code, as a new and improved cvs
>> version? Was
>> there really necessary to start from scratch?
>
> If I understand correctly (and I joined the project long after this
> decistion was made, so I could be wrong) it was a combination of the
> fact that the CVS source code REALLY sucks, the underlying
> implementations being so radically different that there wouldn't be
> much to share, and the fact that the Subversion developers didn't want
> to license Subversion under the GPL. Of those three reasons I'd say
> the first two are the most relevant to the initial decision, but the
> third one did come into play later, for example that's why we had to
> write our own code for generating unified diff output for 'svn diff',
> rather than grabbing it from CVS.
>

Alin, see the 3rd question:

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