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RE: Newbie cvs question - large project

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Newbie cvs question - large project
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 11:10:30 -0400

address@hidden wrote:
> 1.We are currently working on a large project now. As the project is
> currently under way, we are constantly making changes to the codes,
> with different people changing different part of the codes. In this
> situation, what is the best way to start implementing CVS? I was
> thinking of establishing a reference version, create a new module in
> CVS for this version, and have everybody checks out the version and
> start working from there. Is there a better way to do this?
That's the general way of working.

> 2. As our project is very large, with millions of source files
> (literally), performing cvs release and checking out the whole project
> everytime are certainly not feasible. To overcome this, I was thinking
> of letting each programmer works on his/her own part of the code, so
> after the initial checking out of the whole project (as 
> described in my
> first question), each programmer will only modify/commit his/her own
> codes. The drawback of this is of course nobody will have the complete
> newest version of the project. Is there a better way to do this?
The mind boggles. *Millions* of source files? May I ask what kind of project
this is?

Your project sounds like it is completely out of control - and that's not
something CVS, nor any other source control tool, is going to help you
overcome. You're going to need some serious project management disciplines
in place. Start by partitioning this into sub-projects which can be checked
out and worked on independently of the other sub-projects.

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

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