cvs vs. svn vs. git vs.... (was: Cygwin 1.7 release)

Christopher Faylor
Fri Jun 5 01:27:00 GMT 2009

On Thu, Jun 04, 2009 at 02:57:45PM -0600, Warren Young wrote:
>Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>> I still don't understand why everybody is moving away from CVS.
>0. Far cleaner versioning scheme: just rXXXX, instead of CVS's 
> mess.  I guess this might annoy those who keep 
>their repository versions in step with their public version numbering 
>scheme, but I always found it a pain to renumber my CVS repo when there 
>was a new major release.  And keeping minor releases in step? 

I think it was basically a rhetorical question.

Most of the benefits that people wave pom poms about for other SCMs
don't really apply to Cygwin.

>Asked about his backup strategy years ago, Linus said he didn't make 
>backups, because all the stuff he cared about was replicated on FTP, 
>news, and mail servers all over the world.  As far as software goes, 
>that ignores the pain of losing the play-by-play checkin history.

I think that's a pretty compelling reason to use git actually.  When
sourceware went down a couple of days ago, I was dreading the thought
that it could have been disk corruption.  With a distributed SCM most
of the damage would have been ameliorated.


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