Revision control advice

ss griffon ssgriffonuser at
Thu Dec 22 03:54:00 UTC 2011

On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Da Rock
<freebsd-questions at> wrote:
> On 12/22/11 11:37, Chris Hill wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> I apologize for this posting being not-much-on-topic, but my other
>> resources have come to naught and I think you folks may have some experience
>> in this area.
>> I'm looking to set up some sort of revision control system at work. Simple
>> enough, except that our situation is approximately the reverse of what most
>> revision control systems are designed for.
>> Unlike, e.g., FreeBSD kernel development, we have dozens or hundreds of
>> small, rapid-fire projects that are created at the rate of 3 to 20 per
>> month. They last a few days or a few months and are (usually) not developed
>> afterward. Each project has one to three developers working on it, sometimes
>> simultaneously. Usually it's one guy per project.
>> Since my programmers are not necessarily UNIX-savvy, I'd like to deploy a
>> web interface for them which will allow them to create new repositories
>> (projects) as well as the normal checkin, checkout, etc. I want to set this
>> up once, and from there on have the programmers deal with managing their own
>> repos. And heaven forfend exposing them to the horrors of the shell.
>> I've built a test server (9.0-RC3, amd64) for experimenting with this
>> stuff. So far I've installed and played with:
>>  - fossil. I like the simplicity and light weight, but it doesn't seem to
>> allow creation of new repos at all (let alone multiple ones) from the web
>> interface, and the documentation is meager. I've pretty much given up on it.
>>  - subversion, which looks like the heavy hitter of RCSs, but it's not at
>> all clear to me how to handle the multiple-project scenario. Still working
>> on it.
>>  - git looks promising, but I have not installed it yet.
>> If anyone can point me to a tool that might be suitable, I would be most
>> grateful.
> I'd suggest subversion. It allows individual files to be versioned, you can
> setup a webdav interface, and there are other tools that can help maintain
> it.
> Forget the individual repositories. Setup a single repository and have
> directories for each project. in each directory you can then setup trunk,
> branches, whatever, as per best practices in the Book.
> Designate a person or two to administer, and use directory level auth, or
> another alternative I haven't thought of.
> My 2c's anyway. HTH
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Yeah I would second what Mr Rock says.  Set up a single repo where
folders can be used for projects.  Since svn lets you checkout sub
folders of a repo, each developer can check out the folder that
corresponds to their project.  Also, Tortoise svn is a very nice
graphical utility that will allow your developers to manage there svn
folders without even needing a web interface (most non unix people
that I know like tortoise), so there is less maintenance for you :)
Finally, kudos to moving towards using version control, its an
important step for a software company.

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