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Re: What is the average time spent installing a CVS 100% operational?

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: What is the average time spent installing a CVS 100% operational?
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 14:19:55 -0500
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On Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 12:41:45PM -0500, Larry Jones wrote:
> [CVS] shouldn't take more than a couple of hours to install it from source,
> much less if you download a binary.  Deciding how you want to configure
> it can take a lifetime [...]

Too true!

How long it takes to set up CVS depends largely on what you want
to use it for.  C, Fortran, anything that gets compiled and
linked, is easy.

Java *applications* are probably not too bad either, but I've
never really tried that.  Just give each person their own private
compiled-classes directory, and make sure their CLASSPATH is
right.  The challenge there is with the build system, not with
revision control -- Java and make don't get along too well, and
ant is a pain (IMO).

Java servlets, on the other hand, are rather harder.  The CVS
model is that each person works on their own private copy of the
system, resynchronizing periodically with what the rest of the
team is doing.  In a C environment, you edit your copy of the
sources, build, and test your own executable.  To get the same
effect in a servlet environment, each person has to have their
own private servlet engine (with their private classes directory
in its CLASSPATH), which in turn means their own web server.
(More accurately, each CVS working directory, if it is to be used
for testing, needs its own servlet engine and web server).

Even using CVS for static HTML, you might want to give people
their own web servers; that way they can view their work in a
browser, check the links, etc., before committing it.  But that
in turn means *scrupulously* avoiding absolute URLs to other
objects within the project, since those wouldn't point to your
private copies of the objects, but rather back to the production


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