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hginit - #ifdefs ridiculous

I was reading Joel Spolsky's mercurial introduction when it struck me: "And now what they do is this: each new feature is in a big #ifdef block. So they can work in one single trunk, while ...
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4answers
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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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2answers
235 views

What is the canonical approach to using a VCS right from a project's infancy?

Background I've used VCS (mainly git) in the past to manage many existing projects and it works great. Typically with an existing project, I would check in each change I make to the code that either ...
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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
209 views

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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2answers
481 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 ...
4
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3answers
278 views

Which revision control system to use for 2 semester capstone course? [closed]

For CS undergraduate students working on a 2-semester capstone course without any prior exposure to revision control systems, what would be a good one to use? Desirable qualities would be easy to ...
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
997 views

Mercurial Repository structure with heavyweight corporate comms, configuration management & test requirements

I am yet another Subversion user struggling to re-educate myself in the Tao of distributed version control. When using Subversion, I was a big fan of the project-minor approach, and, with most of my ...
12
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6answers
925 views

Using SVN poorly - is Mercurial the answer?

At work we use SVN, but in name only. We don't branch or merge. We keep two copies of the repository, one serving as the "tag" branch that gets copied when we do a deployment and kept for bug fixes ...
4
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1answer
174 views

Switching from SVN to Mercurial: one repository or many?

We currently have a large Subversion repository, with a tree like: root /libraries /library1 /trunk /library2 /trunk /solutions /solution1 ...
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2answers
474 views

Big source tree refactor ahead - what tool to use?

We are doing a major refactor of the layout of our source tree. Masses of files are being moved, folders are being renamed, etc. etc. We currently have everything in SVN. We're going to move to ...
4
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3answers
139 views

Where should the description about branches in a VCS be stored?

If you maintain many branches in your favorite version control system it is essential understand which branch for which indented. In SVN you can put README on same level as trunk/branches/features ...
21
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5answers
911 views

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 ...
3
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3answers
632 views

using svn and mercurial in eclipse for same project

Is it possible to have in eclipse 2 "team providers" for same project. E.g. svn and mercurial? So svn will be used to commit to central repository, and mercurial only to work on my PC. E.g. when I ...
244
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11answers
21k views

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 ...
23
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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 ...