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Can you close branches in Git?

In Mercurial you can close a branch like this: hg commit --close-branch, this means the the branch will not be listed anymore but will still exist, and can still be listed if you use hg branches ...
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3answers
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Release Management Tools with DVCS (Mercurial)

My development team is migrating from SVN to Mercurial. Having researched DVCS best practices, it has been suggested that we develop against feature branches of the repo mainline, test them ...
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3answers
685 views

Branching breaks continous integration?

I think this article, A Successful Git Branching Model, is very well known among experienced DVCS users. I use hg mostly, but I would argue this discussion is fine for any DVCS. Our current ...
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What's so difficult about SVN merges? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’m a Subversion geek, why should I consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS? Every once in a while, you hear someone saying that distributed version ...
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1answer
401 views

Why can Perforce be a better version control system? [closed]

I've seen some people love and some loathe Perforce. As users or administrators with experience with other version control systems (free cookie to the ones with DVCS experience [git, Mercurial]), what ...
3
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2answers
421 views

Is Perforce as good at merging as DVCSs?

I've heard that Perforce is very good at merging, I'm guessing this has to do with that it tracks changes in the form of changelists where you can add differences across several files in a single ...
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5answers
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Why not commit unresolved changes?

In a traditional VCS, I can understand why you would not commit unresolved files because you could break the build. However, I don't understand why you shouldn't commit unresolved files in a DVCS ...
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1answer
164 views

Can DVCSs enforce a specific workflow?

So, I have this little debate at work where some of my colleagues (which are actually in charge of administrating our Perforce instance) say that workflows are strictly a process thing, and that the ...
21
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4answers
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I am a git user confused by mercurial's branching. How am I supposed to track small changes?

I've always used git before, but I want to contribute to python so now I have to learn mercurial and I find it very frustrating. So, I've made a couple of small patches and I wanted to track them as ...
8
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1answer
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Integrating different branches from external sources into a single Mercurial repository

Edit: Making this even clearer as the bounty is about to expire: is there a way of importing history (pulling from different SCM) directly into a specific branch with Mercurial? I'm currently ...
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6answers
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Is version history really sacred or is it better to rebase?

I've always agreed with Mercurial's mantra 1, however, now that Mercurial comes bundled with the rebase extension and it is a popular practice in git, I'm wondering if it could really be regarded as a ...
5
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1answer
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Why do Git/Mercurial repositories use less space?

I've read on several discussions here and on SO that DVCS repositories use about the same or less space than their centralised counter-parts. I may have missed it, but I haven't found a good ...
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2answers
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Will the customer benefit from a DVCS in any way?

Some of us can say a Distributed Version Control System (e.g. Mercurial, git) will have a positive impact on developers only out of the experience of using one (under the right conditions: higher ...
3
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4answers
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Will adopting a DVCS mean there will be a positive impact on development speed?

I was wondering how safe is to say that —because developers are free to version and have better and more organic workflows— code will be delivered faster. A big factor here is team size of course, ...
3
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2answers
484 views

Are any companies moving from DVCSs to CVCSs? [closed]

Are there any actual business cases that have made any company move from a DVCS to a CVCS (regardless of whether they were on a CVCS originally)?. Other than having a closed mind and rejecting the ...
7
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3answers
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Training a company to use a DVCS coming from a CVCS mindset, is it as hard as one would think?

So, I'm preparing to consider the outcome of training a lot of people (>25) to use Mercurial coming from a centralized mindset. I've done it with individuals and had success with it, although the time ...
5
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2answers
439 views

Is switching from a CVCS to a DVCS a considerable bandwidth save?

So, I'm in a big geographically-distributed company, we use perforce and I'm starting to make the case for a DVCS with a whitepaper I was requested to write. I was thinking that one of the arguments ...
5
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3answers
550 views

Moving from a CVCS to a DVCS in a big company, what is the right way to do it?

Major Edit: Added more info about how the devs are setup and how a DVCS would help, so you don't have to second guess the DVCS (but you are still welcome to do it =P). I just started a new job and ...
8
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2answers
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Is there a difference between merges in svn compared to git or mercurial?

From my understanding SVN is 'Easy to branch. Difficult to merge'. Why is that? Is there a difference how they merge?
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2answers
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What can be done to stop losing resources and unify Mercurial and Git? [closed]

Both Mercurial and Git were created as a replacement for the same program and to solve the same problem which you can read about in Martin Beckett's answer to How did Git and Mercurial develop so ...
6
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1answer
258 views

What is a good toy project to teach an introduction to DVCS?

Context I will be coaching student's programming projects in my engineering faculty (group of <10 students). At this occasion I wanted to draw the student's attention to the usefulness of version ...
10
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1answer
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How did Git and Mercurial develop so similarly at the same time?

Git and Mercurial follow similar models and have similar terminology. Mercurial's initial release was was only 12 days after Git's. How did these two projects, in initial development at the same ...
4
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6answers
690 views

How to set up for selective pushing with Mercurial?

I have a situation, when I'm working on a project, but at same time small issues arise which require quick fix. I would like to push just the fixes for these problems to the main repo while keeping ...
21
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5answers
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We're Subversion Geeks and we want to know the benefits of Mercurial

Having read I'm a Subversion geek, why should I consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS. I have a related follow up question. I read that question and read the recommended links ...
9
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2answers
805 views

Do large mercurial repositories suffer from a “push race”?

Reading a few "Why a DVCS is better" answers to several question on Programmers.SE they all seem to say that in general, DVCS is better since you don't have a commit race in large projects, IE commit, ...
4
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4answers
359 views

Understanding my dvcs workflow

We are going to be building a new project using Mercurial as our version control system. I'm still trying to fully understand what my workflow should look like, so I've listed below a case that I ...
246
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11answers
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I'm a Subversion geek, why should I consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS?

I try to understand the benefits of distributed version control system (DVCS). I found Subversion Re-education and this article by Martin Fowler very useful. Mercurial and others DVCS promote a ...
24
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11answers
1k views

Business case for decentralized version control systems

I searched and couldn't find any business reasons why git/mercurial/bazzr systems are better than centralized systems (subversion, perforce). If you were trying to sell a DVCS to a non-technical ...