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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • the most important advantages of git over other systems I've used (CVS, svn, svk) are
    • it's fast: I can download the complete history of perl in a few minutes and checkout any commit in seconds;
    • it doesn't (ever, in my experience) lose its mind, which all of the others have done for me on several occasions.

    I (now) like and use some of the other features, like cheap branches, easy rebasing and convenient publishing on github, but if I were looking for a reason to persuade someone to switch those would be my choice.

    • The thing is, I don't particularly care about those things.

      svn is slightly annoyingly slow, but not so much it's a problem.
      svn has never gone bad for me since I moved to FSFS.

      In exchange I get a number of other useful things I'd need to give up if I moved away.

      But all of that is not what this post is about. The bit I'm really curious about is the real world volumes of external contributions.