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Use of CVS on large scales

From: Lucas Chan
Subject: Use of CVS on large scales
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001 11:40:35 +1000


We are currently looking at implementing some kind of version control
system.  We have been trialling CVS for the past few weeks, storing sources
on a FreeBSD machine and using WinCVS on our development machines.  It seems
that this is exactly what we're looking for.

I have struck a problem that I'm hoping some of you can help me with.

Our company hired a "testing expert" a week or so ago, and he is currently
opposing our move to roll out WinCVS.

This is because:
a) He's never heard of it.
b) He doubts that it is scalable enough for us.
c) He believes that anything that's free _must_ have disadvantages (as
opposed to Clearcase for example).

This didn't go down too well with me (or my team) because:
a) For someone who's supposed to be an expert on testing systems, it
surprises me that he's never heard of CVS.
b) When talking about scalability, I gave the example that FreeBSD itself is
maintained using CVS.  i.e. implying that we're only building web sites, not
whole operating systems.  This didn't seem to be good enough evidence for
c) And of course, I'm a FreeBSD and Open Source fan.

So, to cut to the chase... it would be great if some of you could show me
where to find further information about CVS.

I'm particularly interested in it's uses for (really)large scale projects,
perhaps even some stats on the quantity of sources it can maintain, any
advantages it has over commercial source control products, etc.  I've
checked out the CVS web site but none of the information there was useful in
this context.

Something like... a case study of a large software company using CVS would
be pefect (I imagine).

Thanks for your time everyone.


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