Difference between revisions of "CVS vs SVN"

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=== Contra Subversion ===
=== Contra Subversion ===
* ?
* Takes up twice as much disk space: Fingolfin
=== Contra CVS ===
=== Contra CVS ===

Revision as of 18:45, 20 January 2006

On this page, we are trying to collect argument pro and contra both staying with CVS, and switching to CVS. Behind each "argument" is a list of people who agree that this particular argument is valid. We currently have no other realistic choices (since SF.net offers us exactly those two), so I am not comparing more systems here.

Pro Subversion

  • Support for versioned renames/moves (impossible with CVS): Fingolfin
  • Supports directories natively: It's possible to remove them, and they are versioned: Fingolfin
  • File properties are versioned; no more "executable bit" hell: Fingolfin
  • Overall revision number makes build versioning and regression testing much easier: Ender, Fingolfin
  • Atomic commits: Fingolfin
  • Intuitive (directory-based) branching and tagging: Fingolfin
  • Easier hook scripts (pre/post commit, etc): SumthinWicked (I use it for Doxygen after commits)
  • Prevents accidental committing of conflicted files: Salty-horse, Fingolfin
  • Support for custom 'diff' command: Fingolfin


  • Lots of people know how to use it: Fingolfin
  • Lots of documentation available: Fingolfin

Contra Subversion

  • Takes up twice as much disk space: Fingolfin

Contra CVS

  • No support for versioned renames/moves (CVS repos hackery is not even remotely a replacement): Fingolfin
  • No proper support for directories (in particular, deleting them, but also renames/moves): Fingolfin

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