[kwlug-disc] Is SVN good enough?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Aug 14 17:07:19 EDT 2009


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Here is something I came across a while back:

http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-09-2007/jw-09-versioncontrol.html?page=1

More of a backgrounder for SVN,CVS, Bazaar and Mercurial than anything.

Paul Nijjar wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 03:15:43PM -0400, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> Mercurial is a distributed VCS, SVN is not.
> 
> Yep. I am not looking for the distributed part so much (although
> distributed definitely has advantages for things like backups) as the
> merging aspect. I have heard that svn does do merging, but I have also
> heard that the merge capabilities for the DVCSes are better. 
> 
> Having said that, this is all hearsay. I can use a version control
> system for simple things (making repositories, making commits) but
> have not done anything with multiple branches. 
> 
> Some of my coworkers have never used version control at all. Others
> have not used it much. I tried to set up one of my coworkers
> with Subversion some time ago, but he really struggled with the
> server-client communication. He started using Mercurial for a
> different codebase a few days ago, and it has been much more
> straightforward because everything is local. 
> 
> Having said that I think my next step is going to be playing with
> merging in subversion to see whether I can figure it out. It looks
> like a plurality of responses have suggested that it should be
> possible to do what I want with subversion (but feel free to keep the
> thread going). 
> 
> - Paul
> 
> 
> 
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