[cvsnt] Re: cvsnt status

Craig Graham craig at twolips-translations.co.uk
Tue Jul 15 14:58:21 BST 2003

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John Peacock wrote:
> Tony Hoyle wrote:
>>> Isn't the Subversion project working on this (a database backend
>>> for the Code Management system)?
>> AFAIK they're not using SQL or anything, just a different backend.
> Correct.  The current version uses BerkeleyDB as a backend (which is
> technically a SQL database, but only just barely ;~).  Post 1.0
> (which is probably 3QTR 2003, BTW), there will be some effort to
> support other backends, specifically MySQL and PostgreSQL.
> FWIW, the intro to Subversion at OSCON last week was standing room
> only, so there is definitely a lot of people out there who are not
> satisfied with CVS (of any stripe), and looking for something else.

Here's the point of view of someone who won't be shifting, at least for a
few years.

We started off on Visual Source Safe. After a few months a relation
commented to me that we should move to CVS because of instabilities in VSS.
I did the research and put the case to my boss. Important arguments were
that I had done a check of the VSS repository and found corruption, and that
CVS has been around for a long time and a lot of people use it.

Given that CVS is adequate, there's no way I can make a case for shifting to
something that may have more bells and whistles, and may do more for us long
term, but in the short term is a new project that I've only just heard of
and doesn't have the reassuring long history of CVS

Dr. Craig Graham, Software Engineer
Advanced Analysis and Integration Limited, UK. http://www.aail.co.uk/

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