--- Jack Park <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> "This provides a package which presents the CVS
> contents as mountable file
This sounds like what ClearCase from Rational Software
already does. Before the untimely end of my last job,
I was working on a development team that used
ClearCase for its Source Control System. I found it
very intuitive since it was just like working in a
shared file system (except where it wasn't ;-).
All of us working on the same branch shared the source
that had been checked in. But if someone was working
on something, and therefore had it checked out, they
were the only ones that saw the checked out version.
Once the change was made, the source compiled without
error, and the developer thought it worked, they
checked it back in and then it was available for
everyone else's builds.
As far as the usefulness of the concept, I became
convinced that this is how all file systems should
work. This isn't just something useful for software
developers. This caused me to look into something that
I think has been mentioned on this list, reiserfs. My
recollection there is that Reiser et al had the idea
of growing their fs into a versioning system. But this
work stalled due to lack of money. They do claim that
the fs works better than most for large files, so they
didn't totally waste their time.
But smaller granularity has been an issue for this
group for some time. And while the concept of a file
system with file-level versioning built in is very
useful in my experience, I'm not sure how it
translates into page level, paragraph level, or
sentence level granularity.
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