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Julian Eduardo de Anquin

Joined: Nov 28, 2003
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Hi all
We've been using CVS for a while, as our SCM.
Any one has experience with SVN? does it worth migrating?
Thanks a lot

Jeanne Boyarsky
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SVN has a huge advantage of preserving history when you rename a file. Whether it is worth migrating depends on your situation - how much does it cost to migrate, how much history do you have in CVS, how many users to you have, what tools do you use, etc

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andrew pierce
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We use CVS to a limited degree. I'm also interesting in using SVN. Is there a clear migration process for CVS repositories to SVN? Also, Eclipse has built in CVS support. Does it have SVN as well?
Steve Dalton

Joined: Jun 27, 2001
Posts: 13
1. There is a migration path from CVS->SVN. There is a python script - cvs2svn that you can run to convert your CVS repositories to SVN.

It can be found here:

I have had varying success with it. With a couple of really complicated projects that I tried it on the script had some problems and I ended up resorting to snapshotting the CVS repository to SVN - not preserving history (kept the old CVS repository around for looking at history).

2. Yes - there is a plugin for eclipse. It's called subclipse and has all the features of the CVS plugin (and a little bit more I think - although I haven't used the CVS plugin much).

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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One thing that's really nice about Subversion is that it does many operations entirely locally that CVS has to connect to the server for. Adding, deleting, moving, renaming, or tagging files -- and more -- are all done without contacting the server. Things are reconciled when you finally do a check-in. For people using a VCS remotely, as I often do, this is a huge advantage.

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Jiafan Zhou
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Actually SVN was invented by the same team who developed CVS. And SVN is absolutely a substitution for CVS I soppuse.

The eclipse subversion is the best plugin I have ever used before.

Version control becomes a lot easier with SVN.


Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Jiafan Zhou:
Actually SVN was invented by the same team who developed CVS.

This is not true.
Lasse Koskela

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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
This is not true.

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