Re: Subversion package for debian
From: Jon Dowland (dowland_at_gmail.com)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 15:56:40 +0000 To: Debian User List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Wed, 24 Nov 2004 16:08:00 +0100, Mathias Tauber <email@example.com> wrote:
> > http://packages.debian.org/experimental/source/subversion
> > says that the subversion package is experimental and not stable.
> > Does anyone know any third party site (like dotdeb) that provides 3rd
> > party stable packages for subversion.
> > Also can I hear from people who have used Subversion on Debian whether
> > it is advisable to switch from CVS to Subversion in Debian and if
> > there are problems assosiated with it?
> I'm searching for an OpenSource DMS (document management system)
> and heard about subversion.
> I just want to ask, if somebody is experienced with this? The
> features of subversion seem to be great, but I don't know if
> it makes sense to use this for managing office and binary files.
Unless I'm mistaken, no generic DMS (or VMS) can sensibly support a
diff operation for binary files (i.e., displaying differences to the
user), with the exception of user-configured diff for specific file
formats I suppose.
The only thing I can think of then that would be a disadvantage for
predominantly binary files would be the efficiency of the diffing
algorithm. Subversion uses a binary difference algorithm which should
be perfectly fine for your needs:
"Efficient handling of binary files
Subversion is equally efficient on binary as on text files,
because it uses a binary diffing algorithm to transmit and store
Is there some other functionality you think would be impaired for binary files?
I'd also consider what development model you are to be employing for
your files. You may decide that monotone, arch or darcs may be more
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