[evs] Does EVS remove some of CVS limitations?

Eric B. ebenze at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 7 03:44:04 GMT 2008

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"Arthur Barrett" <arthur.barrett at march-hare.com> wrote in message 
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>> So Evs (the server) can support all of the above easily.  The 'client' - 
>> cvs, cvsnt, or the evs client - may not do.  cvs and cvsnt have hard 
>> limits on the way they represent tags and branches, and wouldn't even be 
>> able to checkout a tag name with a space in it, for example.  They also 
>> have no intrinsic support for tags with extended characters and are 
>> liable to render them as junk.
> I suppose we could perform some basic transliteration in the compatibility 
> layer (basically replace any punctuation, white space or 'extended 
> character' to an underscore, and truncate the length if required) but then 
> then danger is that several tags/branches may appear identical when they 
> are not.

Ahhh - the joys of needing to maintain backwards compatibility.  I can 
understand what you are saying.  I am definitely happy to hear that by 
design EVS can handle this by default, and that the issue boils down to 
backwards-compatibility with older CVS clients.

I would guess / expect in that case that once EVS starts to build a 
foundation base, and gains support in the community, we may begin to see 
more native EVS clients that could bypass the compatibility layer and 
communicate directly using native EVS APIs.

Speaking of which, is it of much concern is it that SVN seems to be building 
such a strong following, seemingly stealing away users from the CVS base? 
Or are you confident that EVS will be such a better, more robust system that 
any SVN'ers will come back?  I keep seeing more and more FOSS projects 
transitioning to SVN these days.  Has anyone given any thought to a 
SVN-to-EVS import function?  I've only ever seen CVS-to-SVN, but never the 
other way around...



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