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Subject: Re: [boost] Git vs SVN - review
From: Gregory Crosswhite (gcross_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-31 13:36:22

Sigh... it's poor analogies like this that lead to bad decision making!

What's really going on is that a version control system is a series of
tubes. The problem with SVN is that the tubes are thinner than the Git
tubes which means that they are much more likely to get clogged, which
causes patches to get dropped. What holds people up from upgrading is
that if any individual upgrades the tube that connects to their home
from SVN to Git then they see no benefits because they are still limited
by the narrow capacity of the rest of the system. This is why we need
everyone to upgrade all at once so we can get the full capacity of Git
and thus be able to dump entire truckloads of patches into the system
without clogging it!


On 1/31/11 9:58 AM, caustik wrote:
> <worst analogy ever>
> The way I look at it -- it's kind of like having some friends who want the
> latest iPhone. You don't really care about getting an iPhone, your old phone
> makes phone calls and you're used to it. You have other more pressing
> concerns. Except, this friend really wants the iPhone, but it just so
> happens that the only way he can get it is if you and all your friends go to
> the store with him and also buy iPhones. The key to this analogy is the cost
> associated with migrating to git is applied to all those people who don't
> really want an iPhone =) .. it's easy to underestimate that cost, but every
> single active developer will have a loss of time and productivity on account
> of a migration like this, and the resulting benefits of the migration are of
> debatable importance.
> </worst analogy ever>
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:37 AM, Robert Ramey<ramey_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Here's my take on Git vs SVN
>> All VCS systems are an extra layer of hassle. Once I learn enough about
>> them to do the job, I'm happy to forget about them.
>> I'm mostly happy with SVN. I only commit/update occasionally. Most of
>> my time on boost is spent testing on my own machine with windows VC
>> and gcc.
>> I love the windows interface - it's great for someone with my attitude
>> about
>> this.
>> I hate the merging process - it's slow and cumbersome and wastes a lot of
>> my
>> time - when I do it which is only once every three months.
>> So - I don't really have strong feelings about this topic and I'm happy to
>> go along with what ever is decided. I'm just hoping that those who make
>> the
>> decision take into account those of use who are VCS luddites.
>> Robert Ramey
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