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Re: CVS future!

From: Yves Dorfsman
Subject: Re: CVS future!
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 14:36:15 -0700
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Arthur Barrett wrote:
An employee told my CIO that CVS is being phased out
so he came and asked me about it.  I am sure that is
not the case for the immediate future from my
research.  Can anyone comment on this as to the future
of CVS?

CVS is alive and well and being constantly developed.  It's been around
for more than 21 years and if it worked yesterday for you then it'll
work tomorrow just as well.
Since this is the list for the 'orginal' CVS, I presume that is the one we are talking about. Maybe it is not dead, but development has lost a lot of steam...

One of the main problem today is that version 1.11 lacks a lot of necessary features, like support for pam, but it is the official version, so a lot of clients (IntelliJ, Eclipse) do not implement a version that works well with the newer 1.12 versions (because of the change in date format).

Also, the newer version control systems tend to do merging better (CVS does not know about merged version, you have to keep track of that through tag names), support unicode as text, and some keep track of revision at the directories.

I agree with you that one should not change for the sake of it, but identify specific requirements that make the change necessary, and in order to pick the right product to change to, be it CVSNT if that is what is needed.


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