[development] FAQ: Why is Drupal still using CVS when X is a much better choice?
steves at splicer.com
Tue Aug 5 20:10:50 UTC 2008
On Aug 5, 2008, at 11:33 AM, Earl Miles wrote:
> Steve Scotten wrote:
>> Bottom line: I have no desire to become any sort of expert or even
>> semiexpert in version control. I want version control to be a tool
>> subservient to my needs rather than a black hole sucking up my
>> time, attention, and overtaxed brain cells.
> You only need three commands:
> cvs checkout
> cvs commit
> cvs tag
> You'll need pretty much the same commands with an svn system as
> well. If this is difficult it is only because you're making it so.
Well, no, I also have to read up on creating the config files, define
environment variables and anything else I need to do to get the CVS
client to speak to another CVS server, since
cvs --help checkout
cvs checkout [-ANPRcflnps] [-r rev] [-D date] [-d dir]
[-j rev1] [-j rev2] [-k kopt] modules...
doesn't mention servernames or addresses anywhere. I don't remember
what CVSROOT specifies and I think that's *probably* important
information to know. Call me silly.
That's assuming that the version I have (1.12.13) is compatible with
the version we're using around here. It's dated 2005, so I'm guessing
the odds are about 60/40 in favor.
I'm not saying any of this is insurmountable. I've learned CVS three
times already, I'm sure I can relearn it and it probably won't get me
all confused with my SVN commands. I'm not *quite* that braindead. But
it's still like interviewing for a job and finding out that I'd be
required to use edlin to write my code. Yeah, it can be done, and
edlin uses a small set of easy to remember commands, right? I'd still
have to be pretty desperate to take such a job. (it was bad enough
working for a place where vi was the only permitted development tool).
It's not about me and I'm not pretending that this is a dealbreaker or
should be the only consideration. It's just two facts to consider out
of many: A CVS user can pick up SVN a lot more easily than an SVN user
can pick up CVS, and SVN is the more useful skillset in the job market
nowadays. If these are truly irrelevant, accept my apologies for
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