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RE: Merging in CVS

From: Paul Sander
Subject: RE: Merging in CVS
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 12:16:42 -0800

You will seriously miss directory versioning and the ability to reorganize
your source code at will.  Depending on your process, you might also miss
the ability to store named attributes on your artifacts.  My users also
make heavy use of the graphical version tree browser, which displays
merges.  And then there's clearmake...

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We have 3 CM tools within the whole comapny.  CVS, Perforce, and Clearcase.

Management wants to go with 1 tool.  They feel Clearcase is too expensive,
and it can be.  I am a Clearcase guy, but know the cost.  So, Perforce seems
limited, CVS seems to be able to handle all that we need.  I just need to
make sure that there aren't any gotcha's.  

>From the feedback I am getting from other CVS users is that CVS handles
merges poorly.  I am not here to start an arguement on which is the better
CM tool.  I am not closed minded to think that because I know Clearcase,
that it is the best tool.  I am trying to find out where we may have
problems with release engineering and developers.  The graphical merge tool
Clearacse has saves a lot of time, and it is part of Clearcase.  The cost of
Clearcase is just too astronomical now  and like I said CVS seems to have
all that we need.  I am just trying to figure out what we gain and what we

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