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Re: THANKS: VSS, Subversion, etc.

From: Toby Johnson <toby_at_etjohnson.us>
Date: 2006-11-09 23:11:22 CET

Eric wrote:
> Thanks to all for your assistance and advice on the "limitations" of
> Subversion and the compares of SVN and VSS.
> I think I have enough information now to formulate a good argument in
> favor of keeping SVN, and I'm pretty sure we're going to do that, at
> least for source code trees.

Eric, sorry I'm joining the conversation late, but I have one more data
point that wasn't directly addressed here (although it may have been in
one of the linked websites): any illusion of user security / access
restrictions in VSS is exactly that, an illusion.

Just viewing a VSS tree requires full OS read/write access to the
underlying filesystem, because there is no such thing as a "VSS server".
That means anyone who wants to can go in and view or modify whatever
they want. Sure, you can restrict access using the VSS Admin tool, but
anyone else could simply go in and change the underlying files, or clear
the admin password. This may not be a huge issue if all your developers
are trusted, but I don't think there's really any organization that can
truly say that with 100% certainty.

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Received on Thu Nov 9 23:12:03 2006

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