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Re: [DESIGN] Aliases? (Was: RE: Re: I, too, miss tags.)

From: Janine Sisk <janine_at_furfly.net>
Date: 2006-02-28 00:05:16 CET

> I'm sorry, but I fail to see how labelling a specific revision
> (giving that revision an alias) makes this any easier. I suppose
> that not using CVS or VSS was an advantage, as I came to Subversion
> with an open mind.

I have been trying to resist jumping into this all day (nothing like
having your first post to a list be one like this) but I just can't
help myself.

I haven't actually starting using Subversion yet, so I have no input
to give on the tags question (or rather, I have my opinions but they
are not informed enough to share). But I think the quote above
clearly articulates an attitude that I don't quite understand.

Why is it necessarily the case that just because Subversion does
something a particular way, that it is the best way? Just because
CVS is old and crufty and most are happy to have left it behind (as
will I one day) doesn't mean there isn't anything CVS does that's
worth emulating. And in particular, I think it's silly to say that
not knowing anything about another package means one has an open
mind... it could just as easily mean that one has not been exposed to
some concepts that might be useful.

To be clear, I'm not defending CVS or endorsing one proposal over
another. I just see a lot of what boils down to "Subversion rulez,
CVS droolz", and I think that's really counter-productive. The
conversation has taken a really negative tone, as if it's somehow
heretical to suggest making a change, and that is not what I think of
as the Open Source way of doing things.

Going back to lurkdom,

janine

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