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Re: giving up CVS

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: giving up CVS
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 14:01:54 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Friday, September 14, 2001 at 11:15:40 (-0400), Antonio Bemfica wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: giving up CVS
> >From section 1.1 of Cederqvist:
>       1.1 What is CVS?
>       CVS is a version control system.

Bogus attempts to mis-direct the reader like that need to be shot down
quickly and completely.

First off, CVS is, literally, the ``Concurrent Versions System''

What this means, or at least as best described in a single phrase by the
title of the paper describing its initial re-implementation as a C program:

        CVS II: Parallelizing Software Development
        Brian Berliner (Prisma, Inc.)

> The "concurrent" part is a bonus (which does not apply to jpg files). 

No, the ``concurrent'' part is the central driving goal behind the
creation and ongoing utility of CVS.  It is not just the first word in
its full name, but rather what makes it possible for it to be of benefit
in parallelisation of software development.

> Using CVS to record different versions of jpg files seems like a suitable
> use of CVS to me. 

Using CVS to try to track changes to non-text files is a losing proposition,
almost by definition.

CVS is quite literally less useful for tracking changes to non-text
files than RCS alone can ever be.

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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