svk v git + possible gig

Billy Abbott billy at
Tue Sep 9 11:21:10 BST 2008

On Tue, 9 Sep 2008, Rafael Garcia-Suarez wrote:

> 2008/9/8 Nicholas Clark <nick at>:
>> On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 05:59:26PM +0100, Paul Makepeace wrote:
>>> Has anyone used perforce? Do you also think it makes the OSS VCS look
>>> especially weak?
>> I am much happier with its merge support than raw subversion, or subversion
>> (1.4) + I've not yet tried subversion 1.5 on this front.
>> Apart from that, perforce generally annoys me because
>> a: it defaults to "whole checkout" rather than "this directory downwards",
>>   which can confuse me, and makes it damn hard to have 2+ checkouts on one
>>   machine
>> b: the architectural arrogance of the "you don't need a command to reliably
>>   reverse a changeset" (and how integration of an add and then an edit works)
>> c: because it's most definitely not offline
> d. one needs to p4-edit files one want to modify, and even if they're
> not modified, they're still part of the submitted changeset.

While not an ideal solution, you can easily remove any files you don't 
want in the change set when you submit. I use a command line client and 
just chop off any files that I haven't modded in the interactive check-in 
form. You can also pass an option to change the behaviour to only submit 
changed files -

> e. p4 won't warn you about new files you might want to add.In the
> same vein, there's no support for the like of
> .cvsignore/.gitignore/svn:ignore etc.

This is really annoying and we've written tools for people to run before 
checking stuff in to make sure that we don't miss stuff.



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