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Re: source control management for Octave

From: David Bateman
Subject: Re: source control management for Octave
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 17:15:52 +0200
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John W. Eaton wrote:

On 19-Oct-2005, David Bateman wrote:

| John, have you had a chance to try this out?

No, and I may not, at least for a few weeks.

Can someone please try to explain what the advantages will be for me
if we make the switch?

To me, I believe the major advantage is atomic commits, so if one part of a set of patches isn't applied then the whole set isn't applied. You therefore can't accidentally leave to tree is a partially unsynchronized state. It also makes it easier to back out a particular change that alters multiple files, as each set of changes is considered together. You can also move files and directories while keeping the file history, and subversion is much better at handling binary files than cvs..

For me there is also the fact that svn can be made to work over http and ssl and so I'll be able to access the repository from behind a firewall, but that probably not an issue to you.

A reasonable, but out of date comparison of version control systems can be found at



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