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Re: Comparing CVS and SourceSafe (was RE: query)

From: Donald Sharp
Subject: Re: Comparing CVS and SourceSafe (was RE: query)
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 15:23:59 -0400
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On Tue, Jul 31, 2001 at 12:54:10PM -0500, Beachey, Kendric wrote:
> 3. Database format
> SourceSafe uses a proprietary, undocumented database format to store the
> repository, and provides a couple of rudimentary tools you can use to try
> and fix the database if something goes wrong.
> CVS does everything in plain text, so if you need to fix it, you can tell
> how (maybe with a little lookup in the documentation, which reminds me...).

I'd be carefull about saying that you can fix this.  A corrupted ,v
generally not saveable.  I've had plenty of times where
I know a ,v file is corrupted in one of the versions.  There
is nothing I can do to retrieve that lost data.  Yes good backups
are key but with cvs's mechanism of looking at data, corrupted
files can exist for a long time before you discover that it has
become corrupted.  Months/Years can go by...


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