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CVS vs SVN

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On this page, we are trying to collect argument pro and contra both staying with CVS, and switching to CVSSVN. 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, Ender* Supports directories natively: It's possible to remove them, and they are versioned: Fingolfin, Ender* 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* Offline diffs, and they're ''instant'': sev
=== Pro CVS ===
* Lots of people know how to use it: Fingolfin
* Lots of documentation available: Fingolfin
 
=== Contra Subversion ===
* ?Takes up twice as much disk space: Fingolfin* We need to put efforts into transferring repository to it: sev** Strictly spoken, the conversion is easy (it's a one-button click in the admin panel of SF.net), we only make it hard by our wish to manually fix problems in the existing CVS repository (says 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
** I want to stress that it was a major hassle in history of our project: sev
 
=== See Also ===
* [http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.1/apa.html Subversion for CVS Users] - Lists the major differences. Taken from the svn book

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