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Re: Subversion vs VSS

From: Eric Hanchrow <offby1_at_blarg.net>
Date: 2005-04-28 19:45:37 CEST

I notice there are already lots of followups, none of which I've read,
so be prepared for me to repeat what they've already said :-|

>>>>> "Jeffrey" == Jeffrey Allison <jwa@fei-zyfer.com> writes:

    Jeffrey> In Subversion the nearest thing to [sharing files a' la
    Jeffrey> VSS] I can find is externals, but that would imply a blob
    Jeffrey> of common files without the granularity that we have
    Jeffrey> today. Am I missing anything here?

I don't think so. Now, if you're all using Unix systems, you could
check in a symbolic link, which would work perfectly -- but since
you're talking about VSS, I doubt that you're using Unix.

    Jeffrey> Another smaller feature is the ability to refresh a
    Jeffrey> directory of code with the latest from VSS. I simply say
    Jeffrey> "get latest version" from VSS and I get updates to any
    Jeffrey> stale files.

Of course you can do the equivalent in Subversion -- the command is
"update". "svn up" is what you'd type.

    Jeffrey> Finally I'm a little underwhelmed by the Tortoise UI that
    Jeffrey> I've been playing with.

It's by far the best GUI available for Windows -- I'd go further and
say it's the only one that's worth _considering_, let alone actually
using. If you don't like it, then imho you're stuck with the command

Now to read the followups ...

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