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Re: Subversion vs CVS for document files

From: Thomas Harold <tgh_at_tgharold.com>
Date: 2006-11-09 18:01:51 CET

Eric Poole wrote:
> I've forgotten ... can any of you tell me whether CVS allows individual
> file checkout and checkin rather than (or in addition to) whole
> directories like SVN?
> I just finished installing TortoiseSVN and working my way past an error
> or two in the install instructions, along with my own native inability
> to RTFM :-) ... and I got to wondering if I should use SVN for code
> trees and CVS for documentation (specs and user manuals and such).
> I could install TortoiseCVS right along side TortoiseSVN and use them both.

Um, you can add/commit individual files just fine in SVN. Unless I
misunderstand what you meant.

What doesn't work well (IMO) at the moment is pulling down partial
working copies or deep-selective checkouts. SVN doesn't (yet) offer any
easy way to pull down anything other then full blow project trees into
the local working copy.

So typically you end up with more files on the local drive then what you
happen to be working on at a particular instant in time.

(I prefer to use a single tool for everything. Keeps things less
confusing. We're actually using SVN to manage large collections of
things like documents, spreadsheets and data sets. Which is very far
away from using SVN to develop software.)

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Received on Thu Nov 9 18:04:37 2006

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