[kwlug-disc] Is SVN good enough?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Aug 14 21:23:26 EDT 2009

Interesting. However, by backup, I mean bare metal restore. i.e. / 
(and everything underneath it). (While somehow solving the problem of 
attempting to backup oneself in the process of backing up oneself.)

Chris Frey wrote, On 08/14/2009 9:09 PM:
> On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 08:41:49PM -0400, unsolicited wrote:
>> - off the top of my head, I would say use CVS for code (solving an 
>> "individual's" problem), but adding file system level versioning 
>> (solving an administrator's problem) seems weird.
> I use git for both.
> 	source control: both for quick one-off projects and public projects
> 	admin: I use git in my /etc directory so I can go back if a package
> 		update changes something I didn't notice
> 	combo: I use git to store custom built kernels, complete with all
> 		.o object files and the resulting .deb binary package.
> 		If I need to build a module against a specific kernel
> 		version, I just checkout the built version I need.
> I know there are people who store their whole home directory in source
> control, even back when it was only CVS.  I think Joey Hess (of Debian fame)
> did this for a while, and is now using git.
> CVS and git have the "quick local change" functionality down pat.  Git is
> easier than CVS in this respect, since you don't have to worry about
> remote publishing until you need it.
> Having the ability to turn any directory into an instant repo, complete
> with diff and history, is very handy, even if you just blow it away when
> you're done.
> 	GIT:
> 		mkdir /tmp/something
> 		cd /tmp/something
> 		git init
> 		# ready!
> 	CVS:
> 		mkdir -p /tmp/something/cvsroot
> 		mkdir /tmp/something/work
> 		cd /tmp/something/work
> 		cvs -d /tmp/something/cvsroot init
> 		# ready!
> 	SVN:
> 		mkdir -p /tmp/something/repo
> 		svnadmin create /tmp/something/repo
> 		cd /tmp/something
> 		svn co file:///tmp/something/repo work
> 		cd work
> 		# ready!

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