Revision control advice

Frank Shute frank at
Thu Dec 22 22:51:16 UTC 2011

On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 08:24:01PM -0700, ss griffon 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
> >
> 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.

I'll 3rd the choice of Subversion. It's quite easy to setup and use.

There's also the book online:

for you to read at your pleasure and which you can also point your users to.




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