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RE: giving up CVS

From: Thornley, David
Subject: RE: giving up CVS
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 14:25:41 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden
> Using CVS to try to track changes to non-text files is a 
> losing proposition,
> almost by definition.
Almost by definition, you lose the main reason for considering CVS.
This does not necessarily make it a losing proposition.

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

Does RCS enable merging changes to non-text files?

Since it doesn't, what does it do better?

There are a lot of things CVS does better than RCS.  CVS manages
concurrent development, branches, and works well by directory or
module rather than by file.  By using non-text files, the concurrent
part goes out the window, and branches become less useful.  The
rest of the advantages remain.

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