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Re: Triggers (was Re: CVS diff and unknown files.)

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Triggers (was Re: CVS diff and unknown files.)
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 15:13:41 -0500 (EST)

[ On Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 16:45:35 (-0800), Paul Sander wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Triggers (was Re: CVS diff and unknown files.)
> It's not so unusual for people who have done SCM for many years on 
> large and varied projects.

Well it depends -- you seem to belong to a (hopefully small and
dwindling) group of extremely policy centered, control oriented, SCM
managers.  Not every large shop (still) does things that way.  Lots of
very large and diverse projects use CVS quite successfully without any
policy enforcement at the CVS repository level.

Software development and management doesn't have to be hierarchically
and strictly controlled in the way you seem to think it should.  The
tools don't have to get in the way of the users.  Change tracking tools
like CVS really should only ever track changes, and the only server-side
scripting that's needed to do that is the kind that CVS more or less has
already:  hooks to make flexible site-specific reporting easier to

Your style of SCM would be much better matched to something like Aegis.
Why don't you go away from CVS and play with Aegis for a while.  You
might need a bit of a paradigm shift at the management level to make
good use of it, but it really will give you far more control than you
could ever get from anything even remotely like CVS.

                                                Greg A. Woods

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