I’ve been using CVS for my version control needs for a long time, and have sucked up the sometimes byzantine machinations CVS forces you to go through. This mostly due to the fact that CVS is The Standard. CVS is everywhere and it’s the first source code management system that gets integrated into various tools.
Another reason has been the lack of an open-source competitor that runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Not that I’m an open-source zealot by any means, but for something like revision management, it feels really nice to know that the source is there and that the community can build on the tool. Perhaps not a completely rational thought process, but nevertheless, there it is.
Subversion recently went version 1.0 after a long gestation period, so why not check it out? It offers some great features like support for moving and renaming directories–which is such a monumental, epic pain in CVS–and efficient handling of binary files, including storing them as diffs.
There are two ways to run a Subversion server: piggybacking on Apache, or running a standalone server with access controlled through SSH. In the interest of not getting bogged down in the fun and interesting world of Apache administration on the file server, I decided to go with the standalone server.
So far things look pretty good. No nasty surprises, and Subversion seems pretty smart about deducing what is a binary file and what is not and doing the Right Thing.
One fly in the ointment is Apple’s Interface Builder, which doesn’t like the presence of write-protected files inside a NIB. To get around it, you have to manually make the .svn directory inside your NIB writable. Bit of a pain, but hopefully the elves in Cupertino are working on incorporating a fix.
Music: “Right Here’s The Spot” by Basement Jaxx [Opens in iTunes]
Posted Friday, 27 February, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.