Revision control advice

Outback Dingo outbackdingo at
Thu Dec 22 04:07:39 UTC 2011

On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM, ss griffon <ssgriffonuser at> wrote:
> 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.

git or mercurial - best choices

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