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RE: Converting ClearCase to CVS

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: Converting ClearCase to CVS
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 17:04:54 -0500 (EST)

[ On Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 11:58:34 (-0800), Paul Sander wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: Converting ClearCase to CVS
> Let's assume for the sake of argument that your salary is around $40/hour.
> For $8000, you can't even cover maintenance of ClearCase for that number
> of users.
> On the other hand, if you share my experiencing of spending 1-3 hours per
> *day* administering CVS, then ClearCase becomes competitive.

How anyone could ever manage to lose so much time to administering CVS
is beyond me.....  Hmmm.... sometimes an "expert" is just that -- a
former drip under pressure.  ;-)

I.e. with a perhaps all too ad hominem attack I'm trying to say that
your past experience with SCM lead you astray w.r.t. CVS and in the end
you ended up mis-using it to such an extent that it didn't economically
satisfy your employer's needs.  K.I.S.S. is CVS' philosophy -- perhaps
it was not yours.

> >We do of course develop concurrently, and we make heavy use of branches.
> Our demands were much simpler, and it still required that level of effort
> to maintain.

Without knowing details of either sitution I think you have vastly
mis-interpreted the meaning of the word "simple".  Something that seemed
"simple" to you obviously turned out to be exceedingly complex for CVS.
You either chose the wrong tool for your requirements, or you chose to
use it in a way that it was not designed to be used.

It's no coincidence that much larger freeware projects make very
adequate use of CVS without spending any money at all on support.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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