[Python-Dev] I would like an svn account

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Jan 4 01:06:55 CET 2009

> Do any of the DVCS under consideration satisfy that requirement?  I
> guess I'm asking whether you think all this talk about DVCSes is futile
> or premature?

I still do hope that Debian releases lenny before any of this advances.
This would mean

bzr 1.5
git 1.5.6
mercurial 1.0.1

I don't have the experience with any of them to be able to tell whether
they are good enough.

A year ago, the revision numbers were

bzr 1.0
git 1.5.4
mercurial 0.9.5

Again, I don't know these packages well enough to understand what
these numbers mean. I know for bzr that apparently bzr 1.0 is considered
unsuitable for anything, so this would be ruled out.

For git, 1.5.4 vs. 1.5.6 doesn't look too frightening, so the software
appears to be in good shape. For Mercurial, the 1.0 release was made
in March 2008, which might meet the "one year" criteria before this
discussion is over.

I know that when switching to Subversion was discussed, there was
opposition on grounds of subversion still being too young, and indeed,
it took more than a year from the start of the discussion until the
switch was made. I do think Subversion was mature since 1.0, which was
released in Feb 2004; PEP 347 was written in August 2005; the switchover
happened in Oct 2005.

So I think I will be fine if the software that I use has been mature
for a year. From what I've heard, bazaar might not qualify (apparently,
there were recent protocol changes); it seems that git would qualify.
Whether mercurial is mature, and for how long it had been, I don't


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