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Re: outsider's perspective

From: Donald Sharp
Subject: Re: outsider's perspective
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 14:24:50 -0400
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Have you looked at subversion?  Or what about bitkeeper?

I'm pretty sure that subversion can handle directory versioning.

I don't know about bitkeeper as that I refuse to download the 
source due to their restrictive liscensing agreement...

On Tue, May 27, 2003 at 08:50:02AM -0500, Phil R Lawrence wrote:
> Well, I want to say thank you to all who posted regarding my query regarding 
> dir versioning.  That was a heck of a discussion.  My resulting perspective:  
> CVS seems innapropriate for our real world needs, preferring instead to serve 
> a "purer" versioning paradigm.  (A paradigm which, by the way, seems too 
> complex for me to easily understand.)
> To recap, I was looking for:
>   - the complete history and versioning of every individual file
>   - the ability to recreate dir structures, including hard and
>     symbolic links
> These 2 things would have allowed me to checkout our whole ERP dir structure 
> as of a given date.  Sweet!  
> Greg says to use the right tool for the right job.  Well, I wish CVS were the 
> right tool, because the two "right tools" I've read about have real problems!
> ClearCase:
> ClearCase costs a lot of money.  I mean a *lot* of money.  Now, my 
> organization might pay for it, or they might not, I don't know.  We are a 
> University in the USA, so we do have money.  But I guarantee most of this 
> world would never in a million years be able to pay that sort of money.  So 
> while my org might get by, the rest of the world suffers for the lack of an 
> open source solution.
> My own custom build tool, wrapped around CVS:
> Gimme a break.  It's taken our ERP vendor a decade (more?) to evolve their 
> current ... um...  way of doing things.  I'm pretty good at hacking and 
> munging, but I am not prepared to try and automate all of the linking and the 
> recreation of the other inconsistent results of their upgrade scripts upon 
> CVS checkout.  No, I need a tool that can simply capture the *results* of 
> their way of doing things and leave it at that.
> In conclusion, I know I have little choice but to follow Greg's advice.  I'll 
> use CVS for my little perl modules, but I'll be sorry to report to my boss 
> that CVS won't work for our ERP versioning project.
> Phil
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