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tinman (2063)

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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

Journal of tinman (2063)

Friday April 09, 2004
03:55 PM


[ #18254 ]

So I switched from departmental sponsored CVS versioning to my own Subversion repository. It's not bad.

I've given it a moderate workout so far. Created repositories with the command-line (for some reason, the otherwise excellent Tortoise SVN was a bit unintuitive), added some source trees. So far, so good. I haven't used any features that make it wonderfully better than CVS, but my requirements from a versioning system are pretty modest anyway, so I don't expect a radical change in how I manage things

Also added my documents directory, and took a leap of faith by checking in the half done thesis proposal into it. No mishaps so far :) Although I use CVS/Subversion on binaries just to keep track of the revision count. AFAIK binaries don't get accurate diff. Now, if I only figure out a good WSIWYG Tex Editor, I can abandon MS-Word/RTF forever :)

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  • I'm also trying out Subversion.

    One thing that bit me was deleting a file.

    It seems like you need to first Delete the file, then Commit the changes on that file.

    I guess it seemed weird to me to commit a deleted file since it was removed already at the first stage.

    Or maybe if it's just me.
    • I didn't mind that, because from how I understood it, deleting is also an action, just like updating. If you don't like that change, you just rollback. It seemed more natural to me(more database like)

      Kind of like "send to recycle bin" and "shift-delete" if you like.

      I generally have fun trying to organize my repositories. Wondering if I should have a separate one for documents together with one for my source trees. Something like WinCVS would be handy too :) but that's wishing for a lot

      • Given the right mindset, it's logical, yes.

        I'm probably damaged by SourceSafe, wherein you can't delete a file twice, unless you destroy the file first, which you can't because you don't have the access rights...

  • Have you checked out LyX []?