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From Simon Phipps <si...@webmink.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice - Wiki - Required Resources - Subversion vs. Mercurial vs. Git
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:20:50 GMT
On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:44 PM, Greg Stein <gstein@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 16:40, Noel J. Bergman <noel@devtech.com> wrote:
> >> We already had subversion for some time as the repository for the main
> >> code and it didn't work well for a project this size.
> >
> > Tangential to the responses you've already received, I'm curious as to
> the
> > problems you experienced with Subversion.  Our infrastructure team,
> working
> > closely over the years with the Subversion team, has done wonders to get
> > Subversion working for the ASF.  We've often been their canary in the
> coal
> > mine.  :-)
>
> Right. I know that the Apache Subversion team would love to hear about
> any problems.
>
> As Noel mentions, the ASF repository is quite huge. We're over 1.1
> million revisions, containing a couple hundred projects and millions
> and millions of lines of code. We've got international replication,
> backups, security, awesome admins, and a development team to keep it
> all running smoothly.
>
> I can understand people desiring the Git style of workflow, but that
> is different from a problem inherent to Subversion itself. So... if
> you guys *did* have issues with the tool, then we'd really like to
> know!
>
> "I can fix it... my dad's got an awesome set of tools..."
>


Just to drag the point here from the other thread where it was made, the
problem is less the size of the code (although it is enormous and will make
a great stress test for the SVN team :-) ) and more the need for frequent
bi-directional merges between the different platforms where OOo is
semi-independently implemented.  The nature of the project makes a DVCS much
more suitable which is why we switched to Mercurial and not Subversion
originally - Subversion was very popular for other projects at Sun.

S.

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