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RE: How well does CVS handle other types of data?

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: How well does CVS handle other types of data?
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 01:41:10 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 13:28:55 (-0400), Peter Fox wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: How well does CVS handle other types of data?
> But why re-invent the wheel. If CVS gives you 95% of what you want, when
> spend 10 weeks on obtaining the last 5%. It's not worth it. 

IFF....  (if and _only_ if!)
Unfortunately there are a lot of people who get told they should use CVS
when such a suggestion is completely off base and then when it won't do
what they think it should (because they never understood what it does do
in the first place) they moan and complain and want that last 5% (I'd
say 45%) of functionality that they think is missing (but which isn't
actually missing for anyone using CVS as it was designed to be used).
The problem is they shouldn't have even considered using CVS in the
first place!

Maybe, just maybe, if someone's been lead down the garden path into
using CVS and now has a fair investment in it, and if they can ensure
that the culture surrounding their project will build up enough lore
and experience about CVS that some newbie won't accidentally create a
branch or do something else equally incompatible with their use of CVS,
then, and only then, might they consider maintaining their investment in

Meanwhile people who have requirements not met by CVS should look
elsewhere!  PLEASE!

CVS is not commercial software -- it does not have to have every feature
and fill every market niche and take over market share to succeed!  It
is, and it will continue to be, and it will succeed so long as it has
even just one happy user!

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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