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RE: Versioning between checkout|update, commit

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Versioning between checkout|update, commit
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 11:14:15 -0500

Hugh Sasse Staff Elec Eng wrote:
> The book "Open Source Development with CVS" says that you should
> keep few branches active at any one time.  I'm wondering if there
> are penalties (apart from storage costs) when many contributors
> create their own branches?
The biggest penalty is managing the complexity - each branch you add means
one more branch to which you may have to merge your changes. Failing to
merge changes into a branch could result in lost time, confusion, etc. More
branches also means more to keep track of and to manage.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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