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Re: Multilevel vendor branch import

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: Multilevel vendor branch import
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 11:52:19 -0800

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Rodolfo Schulz de Lima <address@hidden> writes:

> On Mon, Oct 27, 2003 at 01:22:23PM -0500, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> > BTW, those are design limits, not bugs.  They are caused by the way CVS
> > tracks _the_ one vendor branch.  The multiple vendor-branch hacks
> I see, I've never considered them bugs. Just recently I 'discovered'
> subversion (svn), a cvs like concurrent versioning system that covers
> a lot of those "design limits" cvs has, including the one I've
> originally talked about (and handling copy/move of a file, or an
> entire directory,...).

Yes, svn is a (re)design that tries to avoid some of the limits that
were imposed by the original CVS design decisions. There are some really
good folks working on svn and it is a very interesting project.

> I really think that if CVS doesn't make some big changes in those design 
> limits, it will be replaced by svn when its 1.0 version arrives.

Last week (2003-10-23, revision 7497), svn released version 0.32.1. I
think it is likely to be a while before 1.0 is released. 

The svn developers are trying some new directions to see how well they
work and I think they are getting good operational experience in use of
their new design. I wish them all well.

CVS is a more mature product and needs to move a bit more conservatively
oriented when considering large changes in how it works. I suspect there
will be a place for cvs even after svn 1.0 is released.

Between now and the release of svn 1.0, I believe it is possible to
address a number of the perceived limitations of CVS, but we need to
determine how such changes fit into the overall way that CVS works
rather than just adding a series of hacks.

If anyone has really thought out a series of changes to CVS that allow
for an evolution into a more useful system, they are encouraged to post
either on address@hidden or address@hidden about them.

        -- Mark
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