source control question

Александр Деревянко aeder at
Fri Jan 7 07:41:06 PST 2005

Robert William Vesterman wrote:

> Does anyone know of a source control system that is not so 
> directory-centric? Most of the ones I've seen seem to have a base 
> assumption that, more or less, "directory" == "project".
> But in reality, a directory could be a project, or part of a project, 
> or part of many projects, or merely structural (i.e. merely to 
> organize subdirectories, any of which may or may not be used in any 
> number of projects, each project of which is not necessarily 
> completely contained in the structural parent directory).  And a 
> project may span many directories, each of which is not necessarily 
> anywhere near the others in the overall repository tree structure, and 
> whose repository tree "neighbors" are not necessarily parts of the 
> same project.
> For example, you may have top level repository things like "work" and 
> "personal", which are completely structural.  And maybe "utils", which 
> you might use in both work and personal projects.  And then if you use 
> some Java, and do the standard way of making packages 
> (com.mydomain.blah.blah.blah), you'll probably have a "java" directory 
> outside of "work" and "personal", having a whole tree of 
> subdirectories, any of which may be a complete project, part of a 
> project, part of many projects, et cetera.  And a project may be 
> spread across "personal" and "java" and "utils" and any number of 
> other organizational things.
> I'm sure there are ways to bend things like Subversion into kind of 
> behaving the way I want, but are there any systems that are actually 
> designed with this concept in mind?
> Thanks,
> BOb Vesterman.
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Suggest to take a look at Perforce ( It is commercial, 
but have free two-user license, and you can obtain free license for 
open-source development.
Personally, i have use it and it works very well for me.

 From my point of view, it have the following advantage:
1. It can be easily used by command-line oriented geeks.
2. It have a nice client-interface program for untrained point-and-click 
All other advantages is described on it's site.

1. Unicode (multilanguage) development is not perfect.

As i know, the FreeBSD development was made in this SCM system.

Best regards,
Alexander Derevianko.

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