[Project_owners] Could mozdev set up an experimental svn?

Axel Hecht axel at pike.org
Thu Jul 6 10:38:56 EDT 2006

Philip Chee wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Jul 2006 14:03:15 +0200, Axel Hecht wrote:
>> It might be worth noting that Mozilla does not intend to migrate to svn, 
>> as far as I pick up the noise. If we'd drop CVS, it would be for 
>> something that offers more than svn, it seems.
>> Not that the mozilla cvs repository is anywhere close to being 
>> migratable, so that question is pretty theoretic.
> I hear somebody tried to import the complete mozilla.org cvs into GIT.
> The process ran for several days before crashing because it ran out of
> memory.

Actually, there are even quite a few sins in our RCS files that break 
importers, so I recall that process to be "running a few hours 'til it 
breaks" and the rinse repeat that a few times until it came to "run a 
few days before it OOMs" :-(

Regarding svn in particular, it didn't fix a single problem I had, and 
it was more of a nightmare to explain to newbies, though those were 
computer-illiterate math scientists. I found it a pain in the ass to 
admin, too.

Not being able to get revisions on other branches from a branch is a 
blocker to me, svn doesn't support what mozilla does with cvs graph in 

I'm not fond of the "oh, let's just double the size of your working 
copy" either, though that's likely more an issue with the mozilla rep 
than with mozdev projects.

Regarding other systems, I don't care enough. To me, a well designed and 
administratable permissions system on the server always was key to 
deploy such a thing. Apart from that, CVS works for me, mozilla will 
keep using it for, likely, ever, and I just cut down on things that I 
need to know in parallel. Just like I drop all wiki-knowledge besides 
mediawiki, not because other systems suck, but just because they're not 
worth the effort of maintaining and switching separate skill sets.


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