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Re: CVS bashing?

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: CVS bashing?
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 18:06:22 -0400
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On Wed, Apr 11, 2001 at 02:27:15PM -0700, Mike Castle wrote:
> I've recently started working at a perforce shop.  One thing that perforce
> does with it's merging is, instead of doing a default merge, it gives you
> options:
> Keep your changes only, keep the other set of changes only, or merge the
> changes.

Not too hard to do in CVS once you know how.  Granted, you have
to take those steps *before* typing "cvs update"; it doesn't stop
to ask you.  (No, I'm not suggesting it should!)

> Otherwise, I've not been convinced that things like changesets where you
> pick and choose which bits and pieces get included into a particular source
> file (ala clearcase) is worth it.  Just the administrative overhead would
> be obnoxious! :->

Yah, I was reading about those on the Bitkeeper site.  I can see
pros and cons; I'd have to use them to know.
  - they may help you maintain multiple variants, which CVS
    doesn't currently address
  - they seem to be a fundamental component of Bitkeeper's ability
    to operate with distributed repo's, disconnected, etc.
  - what you said
  - for variants, wouldn't a given changeset would become less
    useful over time, as the main body of the source drifted away
    from its "pre" state?

> One place I would like to see improvements is the ability to automatically
> be able to track how branches were synced up together so that changes
> aren't reapplied.

Subversion plans to do this (hooray!)


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