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RE: Mac OS X - best setup for small developer?

From: Johnson, Rick <JohnsonR_at_gc.adventist.org>
Date: 2005-03-25 13:42:30 CET

        The global revision number are NOT meaningless noise. As a
project manager, the global revision numbers give me a very quick and
dirty idea of what projects are getting some updates and which have not.
I agree that I still have to look at the logs to see exactly what was
done to each project but that's way better than having to view the logs
and manually split it out for each of the projects.
        I'm not afraid of the revision numbers, I'm using them as part
of the vast array of tools that Subversion puts into my hands. Putting
all the projects into a single repository removes this particular tool
from my toolbox. For some, the advantages of a single repository may
outweigh this advantage but for me it hasn't.
        BTW, I know that I could script the log output to split out the
information for each of the projects. In my case, I have better things
to do than maintain scripts like that. Someone else will have a
different opinion. That's fine. I stand by my percieved advantage of
single project/single repository.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Collins-Sussman [mailto:sussman@collab.net]
> Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 5:16 PM
> To: Johnson, Rick
> Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: Mac OS X - best setup for small developer?
> On Mar 24, 2005, at 3:58 PM, Johnson, Rick wrote:
> > I think a big advantage of having each project in its own
> repository
> > is the revision numbers. I think that having a bunch of
> projects in a
> > single repository would make the revision numbering run pretty wild.
> > You
> > wouldn't have any idea from the revision numbers which project was
> > getting the activity.
> >
> Why would that matter? Activity is measureable by running 'svn log'
> on a project, or any directory you want. The global revision numbers
> are a meaningless artifact, just some random background noise. They
> have no relationship to the "advancedness" of code or state of any
> project.
> Your fear is common: it's what every CVS user fears before they start
> using Subversion. Once you get into it, you realize that the global
> revs aren't worth paying attention to. Look at the Apache Software
> Foundation: dozens of projects in one huge repository. The global
> revision number is up to 150K or so, and nobody notices or cares. :-)

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