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From: Reece Dunn (msclrhd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-06-28 03:45:46

Rene Rivera wrote:
> Reece Dunn wrote:
> >
> > I'm afraid I don't know how to fix this one as I don't understand how
> > CVS branches work. I understand the concept of branches and
> > merging from a Perforce PoV, but not how that relates to CVS.
> Hm, how to best explain this... Classically, as in revision control
> lingo, CVS uses inplace branches. Think of them as having all those
> Perforce branches overlaid onto the same file tree. And what you use to
> differentiate them, instead of the repository paths in Perforce, is a
> virtual keyed path on the version number.

Thank you for the detailed explanation.

> > I am currently using TortoiseCVS. Do you know if WinCVS is easier
> > to use for branching?
> TCVS is marginally more convenient to use. WinCVS, if you have the
> Python and TCL extensions enabled, has some nifty commands available. As
> for branching the are both about the same. That is they are both equally
> restricted by the terrible branching model of CVS :-) OK the fixing it
> part with TCVS as that's what I use most of the time (I also use WinCVS
> and the CLI).

Thanks again for helping me understand this.

> PS. Make use of the revision graph display. It helps to understand what
> it's really doing under the hood. And of course as Dave mentioned, learn
> the CLI tools also.

I always try to understand the CLI tools, but I need to understand the
concepts first. Your reply has helped me to understand the way that
branches work in CVS and has given me a starting point to help with the
CVS documentation.

- Reece
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