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Just a simple [cpan.org] guy, hacking Perl for fun and profit since way back in the last millenium. You may find me hanging around in the monestary [perlmonks.org].

What am I working on right now? Probably the Sprog project [sourceforge.net].

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Wednesday September 12, 2007
08:58 PM

It all about the merging not the branching

[ #34431 ]

On the GNOME Desktop Development List, there's a 'debate' raging about the possibility of switching GNOME projects from Subversion over to some distributed source code management system. An objection which keeps coming up is:

«people keep saying DSCMs are great because they allow you to branch easily, but I don't want to that anyway - if I branch then I'll have the headache of merging»

The underlying assumption here is that just because merging has historically been a pain using tools like CVS and Subversion, it will also be a pain with the new breed of distributed tools.

If you are as-yet-unconvinced, do youself a favour and try one of these tools. Once you experience how easy it is to create a feature branch but still keep your branch current with mainline developments you'll never want to go back. This stuff is addictive.

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