[Python-Dev] Looking for VCS usage scenarios

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 12:35:32 CET 2008

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> I don't know about svn; I find it pretty painful to use for anything
> but sequential tasking (update ... hack ... commit ... repeat).  But
> if you look at http://git.kernel.org/, you'll see a thicket of repos,
> each of which probably contains a few to a few hundred[1] branches
> (mostly merged to repo mainline or abandoned, of course).

If it isn't already there, suspending work on something to work on
something else would make a very nice scenario to cover, as it is
something even the core devs sometimes have to deal with.

I'd expect any DVCS to be able to handily beat what I currently do with SVN:

- # hack on first task
- svn diff > _patches/first_task.diff
- svn revert -R .
- svn update
- # hack on second task
- svn commit OR svn diff > _patches/second_task.diff (depending on
whether or not I want it reviewed by someone else before committing it)
- svn revert -R .
- patch -p0 < _patches/first_task.diff
- # back to hacking on first task


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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