[cvsnt] Branch creation takes a long time

Arthur Barrett arthur.barrett at march-hare.com
Sat Apr 7 01:37:07 BST 2007

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Look into user defined change sets ("cvs edit -b", and "cvs ci -b" or
just "cvs cv -B").  This allows you to define a change set without
needing to create a branch.

Creating branches for releases I personally think is OK - particularly
if there is a high liklihood of needing to make changes down the track.
Of course you can always just tag a release and then branch when you
need to make that change.

In addition to Kelly's patch being in 2.5.04 we also have a new project
"EVS" which uses a database backend rather than RCS files, and creating
branches in that should be instantaneous.  The next test release of that
should be out soon - but you should ask/check with the evs newsgroup.



-----Original Message-----
From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf
Of Rick Martin
Sent: Saturday, 7 April 2007 7:16 AM
To: cvsnt at cvsnt.org
Subject: Re: [cvsnt] Branch creation takes a long time

On Fri, 6 Apr 2007 14:15:31 -0300, Gerhard Fiedler wrote:

> Rick Martin wrote:
>> Don't want to steal the OP thread, but what would you consider to be 
>> a LOT fo branches? I work for a manufactoring company and due to the 
>> software design we do an official release every two weeks to the 
>> factory floor. I'm creating a branch for each of these and then 
>> creating a tag if we need to release a bug fix on the build branch. 
>> This creates a fair number of branches and tags. Too many?
> I'm not sure I understand your procedure correctly, but couldn't you 
> tag these official releases, and only branch this tag later if you 
> actually need to do some bug fixing? Assuming that fixing bugs in an 
> official release is the exception rather than the rule, this would cut

> down quite a bit on the number of branches.
> Gerhard

Hi Gerhard,

Yes, we can set a tag. In fact I do so we can see the starting point of
the branch easily. However, it's not just bug fixes. The design of the
software requires coding changes for things that really shouldn't be in
code (don't even get me started on that topic). So most releases have
partial updates before the next release. Hopefully, some redesign work
will get done and we can reduce the partial releases.

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