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RCS to Subversion transition (Re: Newbie questions: How to check out just one file, etc.)

From: matthew ford <matthew.ford_at_forward.com.au>
Date: 2005-01-24 00:42:48 CET

On Jan 23, 2005, at 1:27 PM, Carole E Mah wrote:

> >
> > I'm thinking we should just stick with RCS until Subversion makes more
> > sense.

I agree. If my RCS has not stopped working I would still be using it
BTW Subversion also does not work as a server on Win98 which is almost a
show stopper for me and is not advised as such
on the downloads page (only a note in FAQ found after 2 days of funny
locking problems and a few list emails)

> With Subversion, the working model is very different. Everyone
> duplicates the entire library (or at least whole departments) to their
> local workspace. It's time-consuming, but it's only done exactly once.
> Then everybody works in parallel, constantly editing, committing, and
> updating. There's no locking, and there's no 'grabbing and putting
> back'... everybody has a copy of everything, all the time.

This depends on a merge system that works. At present I have not had much
sucess with subversion merge
I have previously used CVS merge and it works just great, no stuffing about
with revision numbers.

> In general, adopting a version control system means changing
> your work patterns. You need to be ready to do that if you switch from
> RCS to *any* new system.
Well I really don't want to change the way I work (much), but apart from the
merge problems Subversion seems to suite my work flow requirments.

I think subversion has the makings of a great versioning program. I
particularly like the fact that it keeps track of the dirs
and that nothing is ever ever really deleted.
But at the moment it still has a buggy feel about it.
However it has a great email list and thanks to all those people here and on
TSVN list who have been helping me get over the hurdles.


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