On Tue, 2006-11-14 at 13:33 -0800, Tim Hill wrote:
> > I guess it would help to understand the workflow better. You
> > mentioned talking over the phone and people who the document but do
> > not have access to svn or the repository. What is the intended usage
> > here? There is probably some form of tagging that will give you what
> > you want.
On 15/11/06, Les Mikesell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I was thinking of the type of document that might be passed around
> and reviewed by a committee of people who don't have direct access
> to the repository and may or may not do any actual revisions to the
> text (returning it to someone to commit) but always need to know if
> the copy they are viewing is current.
CVS revisions don't work well here either.
The revision number is a bad measure of activity.
Consider what branching and merging do to revisions. Why aren't
branch commits accounted for in the main revision? Are merges really
changes or just absorbing a set of changes in a branch - shouldn't the
HEAD revision jump by the number of merged changes?.
Clearly the issue of the scale and depth of changes is also a very
important variable in measuring activity. The size and number of
diffs don't even give a reliable measure here. Is indenting a whole
And by itself the revision number doesn't give any indication of how
current a file is, merely that it's more or less recent than a file
with a different number.
Best would be for a release mechanism to supply an electronically
signed release document which encloses electronic signatures for each
of the released documents. This way the release and its contents can
I approach Subversion from an SCM perspective so I'm overjoyed at
subversions avoidance of two key bugbears (non-atomic commits breaking
concurrent updates and committers failing to observe changes prior to
Maybe Subversion is a square peg for a round hole... Or maybe the hole
being round isn't a real requirement.
I hope you find a solution that is suitable, but I don't think an SCM
is going to be the silver bullet by itself for the situation you're
NB: In case it hasn't been corrected - You don't have to get an entire
source-tree, you can pull down a single folder non-recursively. You
cannot practically get a single file though.
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Received on Wed Nov 15 01:28:22 2006