Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Fri Sep 30 17:11:02 UTC 2016

On Fri, September 30, 2016 11:58 am, Warren Block wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Sep 2016, David Demelier wrote:
>> 2016-09-29 14:57 GMT+02:00 Warren Block <wblock at>:
>>> On Wed, 28 Sep 2016, Doug Hardie wrote:
>>>>> p.s. I learned CVS from an earlier version of this book.  The current
>>>>> edition (3 e.) is available as a PDF download:
>>>> Thank you for the detailed response.  It makes sense now.  I am in the
>>>> middle of working my way through that book.  I should have asked about
>>>> this
>>>> years ago.
>>> Subversion is the modern successor to CVS.  The book on it is on the
>>> same
>>> site:
>> Well, subversion is the IE6 of version control. It's even worse than
>> cvs. I really encourage people to leave cvs to a DVCS such as
>> Mercurial or git. There are other nice DVCS tools less popular though:
>> fossil, darcs. But everything else than subversion.
> Huh.  To me Subversion is a model of clarity, while Git is what you get
> by taking a version control system and replacing the commands with
> random words.  Or maybe just switching all the commands, so they do not
> do what the word means.
> But this is probably not relevant, since the OP said they wanted to
> continue to use CVS.

Fully agree. CVS doesn't develop anything new for long time, as they have
developed all necessary, and it does brilliant job as it is. Which I love.
Subversion does the same great job and allows to please GUI people to some
extent (by making it accessible through apache/dav/svn). Keeps me happy
too as I have all decently same commands that make sense for me. But some
people grew up as GUI smart kids (smarter that I am at least), and as they
do brilliant coding we all use and appreciate, I would prefer to abstain
from showing any opinion about tools they love ;-) There are many things
serving the same purpose, and... tastes differ.


Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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