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Re: Subversion for the AS400 ?

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-05-07 02:56:07 CEST

dionysis <dionysis1999@yahoo.com> wrote on 05/06/2005 09:35:45 AM:

> Hi I am tring to evaluate different version control systems for the
> Will subversion work on the AS400 ?
> Btw I am new to the AS400 so I am unsure of the differences between
> 0S400 and AS400
> Thanks for help.
> Cheers Dave

OS/400 is the name of the operating system (actually now called i5/OS).
AS/400 is the name of the hardware (now called iSeries or i5). Technically
the AS/400 hardware can run the OS/400, AIX,and Linux operating systems in
separate partitions as well as Windows via an add-in Intel server

We have a port of Subversion to OS/400. It currently just allows you to
run a Subversion server on OS/400, but we should have some client support
relatively soon. The main goal is for people that are doing Java/ASP/Web
development and want to use OS/400 as their server, they can now run
Subversion on that server and provide version control to the client
running Windows/Linux etc..

Subversion (or any typical version control tool) is not well suited for
managing native OS/400 development (RPG, COBOL etc..) because it cannot
version source that is stored in OS/400 source files. So to use
Subversion you have to convert your source code into stream files and
store them in the IFS. This is something you can do, but the problem is
that the OS/400 development tools do not really support that. So you are
creating more problems then you solve.

Check my companies product -- TurnOver. http://www.softlanding.com/ It
provides native version control for OS/400, and also integrates with
Subversion for version control for other platforms. This is all tied into
one central lifecycle management process.



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