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Re: Subversion vs VSS

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-04-28 01:04:05 CEST

Jeffrey Allison wrote:
> 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?

No, you are not missing anything. Yes, this would be a nice thing for
subversion to have.
On the other hand, having a clear separation for common files could be a
good thing - makes people more aware that their changes will affect more
than just the current project they are working on.

> 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.

Isn't this just basic fundamental "svn update" ?

> 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?

I don't use TortoiseSVN much, being a command line kind of person, but I
believe it does everything the command line client will do, so I'm a little
puzzled why you would want another GUI. TortoiseSVN *is* the dominant
Windows GUI for Subversion.


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