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Re: CVS vs Aegis (Re: More locking, sort of)

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: CVS vs Aegis (Re: More locking, sort of)
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 13:01:01 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Saturday, September 7, 2002 at 23:30:39 (+1000), Matthew Hannigan wrote: ]
> Subject: CVS vs Aegis (Re: More locking, sort of)
> There's a reference sites page which gives 4 sites.
> Not a whole lot.

What do you expect?  There are many factors inhibiting users from
wanting to be listed on such pages.

>  Given the advocacy for Aegos which occurs
> on this and the Aegis list, it's strange to me that
> CVS users seem to be outnumber Aegis users by a huge
> amount.

There are many factors, not the least of which is the herd effect whcih
software engineers are too unfortunately susceptible to.

Note also that CVS has offered a clean interface to remote repository
access for a lot longer than Aegis, and that too has massively
contributed to the herd effect as many software developers are sadly
ignorant of techniques they could use to avoid needing such a feature.

Finally note that not everyone will need the kind of control that Aegis
offers -- for many people CVS is sufficient.

> Anyway, I've printed out the Aegis docs and making my
> way through them.

If you ahve a good software engineer (i.e. someone more skilled in
engineering disciplines than in programming alone) on staff you might
want to get him or her to help you wade through them.

> (I'm a Sysadmin who is looking for an alternative to our
> set of home grown scripts on top of RCS for our developers.)

I would highly recommend reading _everything_ about QEF too (and
especially the technical documentation, papers, and overviews).  It's
got some very similar generic features as Aegis has.

Another very interesting tool with similar generic features is Vesta,
originally built by the DEC SRC research labs and used extensively
internally by DEC for very large projects:

The ideas and goals of these tools will help you get a broader outlook
on how such things can assist in the production of high-quality software
when many developers are involved.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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