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Subversion's branching as compared to other VCS tools

From: Verkerk, Onno <Onno.Verkerk_at_NKF.nl>
Date: 2005-07-04 13:14:33 CEST

Hi there,

I'm currently investigating on some candidate version control systems for
deployment in our company, and Subversion is included in the list. I already
did some testing on svn and found it pretty easy to use. I tested the
combination Subversion+TortoiseSVN connected to Subversion/Apache2.
Everything seems to be there and readily available. But of course, testing
is on small repos, not on the real-life big ones.

I found out that many people complain about Subversion's branching/tagging
mechanism. For one thing, this seems to become the most dominant issue about
Subversion. I compared it with other tools (BitKeeper, Perforce, ClearCase,
Surround SCM) and they claim to do a better job.

Here are some references that discourage the use of Subversion:

They all complain about missing features that are already fixed, but
branching remains an issue. I also received a confidential note from Seapine
(Surround SCM) in which branching in Subversion is said to be a disaster.

But I like Subversion! Anyone there with a good opinion on how to
successfully use branching in a team with some 15 developers on the same
code base?

Thanks in advance,

Onno Verkerk,
Senior Software Engineer
Optelecom-NKF B.V.
The Netherlands

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