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RE: Subversion vs VSS

From: Kyle Heon <kheon_at_comcast.net>
Date: 2005-04-28 00:48:21 CEST

You will want to look into svn:externals, they allow you to share code
between projects. Read about them here:

In regards to the "Get Latest", you get this functionality by issuing an
"Update" against the repository. This will update your working copy with
the latest and greatest from the repository and flag any files that you've
modified that conflict with your working copy. You then need to merge the
conflicting files before committing them back to the repository.

As for Subversion GUI clients here are a few:

Subcommander - http://subcommander.tigris.org/
RapidSVN - http://rapidsvn.tigris.org/

Kyle Heon

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Allison [mailto:jwa@fei-zyfer.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 6:03 PM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Subversion vs VSS

Hello all,

I'm in the process of evaluating a variety of source code versioning systems
to potentially replace Microsoft VSS in our development environment. I'm
pretty motivated to move off VSS because I'm nervous about data corruption
in our large and growing repository. Since we don't use a full-blown MS IDE
(we develop embedded software), VSS isn't a perfect fit in any event.
However it does provide a couple of nice features that I can't find in
Subversion so I figured I'd ask the group.

VSS allows me to share files amongst projects. This is useful to us as we
have a number of smallish projects that share some common code. So if three
products all need timer.c and I fix a bug in timer.c, all three projects
benefit upon the next build. In Subversion the nearest thing to this I can
find is externals, but that would imply a blob of common files without the
granularity that we have today. Am I missing anything here?

Another smaller feature is the ability to refresh a directory of code with
the latest from VSS. I simply say "get latest version" from VSS and I get
updates to any stale files. I don't have to clear the directory out and
grab everything. This isn't a huge deal, but we do this on a pretty regular
basis so I think I'd get pushback if this went away.

Finally I'm a little underwhelmed by the Tortoise UI that I've been playing
with. It's simple and it works, but I think I'd like something a little
more powerful. Any suggestions for a Subversion GUI client for Windows?


- Jeff Allison
  FEI-Zyfer, Inc.

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