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SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

I understand the power of version control applications but a co-worker is pushing to use it as the configuration management system also.  We have software, electronics, and hardware designs to manage (IR cameras).  We are currently using a database (PEDYN)to track the Parts and drawings...BOM...ECNs...serial numbering....  Does anyone have any experience using Version Control applications as a "System" configuration mngmt tool?


RE: SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

SVN is a text based system - works best on text based stuff.  If your drawings are binary files, it may not be so good.

RE: SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

I am looking for a good tool to keep track of our in-house numerical tools (mostly matlab) and the configuration files for our finite element simulations. Any suggestions? I have used CVS before, when coding, but would like something very simple for non-programmers to use.

RE: SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

I setup Subversion and Tortoise SVN on my home computer.  Tortiose is a Windows file manager front end to Subversion. I haven't used it extensively but it seems very simple and is widely used.

RE: SubVersion (version control) role in Configuration mngmt?

It is OK but not without faults.  It is very easy to wipe out whole directories accidentally.  It is different from others in that every checkin increments the version number.

The good points:  A snapshot of a build is just storage of a version number: takes less than a second.  The database based systems (eg MS Team Server) take at least 5 minutes to do this on a large system.  Older systems (eg PVCS, Clearcase) take even longer (2-3 hours is quite common).  This just beats the big boys hands down.

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