[vlc-devel] Git vs Subversion

jboileau jboileau at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 16:58:37 CET 2008

Thanks Pierre! Especially for the link, I will read and learn.
On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM, Pierre d'Herbemont <pdherbemont at free.fr>

> On Feb 27, 2008, at 3:26 PM, jboileau wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > If someone as a minute (ok that rules out any answer to this :-) ),
> > I am curious of why the move from Subversion to Git for the VLC
> > project. I don't know Git but we are using Subversion on some of our
> > projects here. When I saw you guys moving from Subversion to Git my
> > first reaction was: what do they know that I don't.
> Hi Jacques!
> I think that the main point of git is to allow multiple working trees.
> For instance we were using git for the Google Summer of Code so that
> non committer student could work on their tree as if they were working
> on trunk. Because mainly git allows to have a working tree and can
> nicely merge back commit from upstreams.
> See vlc-ecp-project.git which is keeping in sync with vlc.git:
> http://git2.videolan.org/
> Also for non committers it allows to send multiple patches that are
> atomic according to the commit the non-committer has in its tree.
> For committer, it eases the use of feature branch, that can be synced
> nicely with the trunk, and merged back as nicely when the feature
> becomes stable.
> Well, in summary the tool is much more powerful than SVN, and not that
> much complex if you use basic (read SVN) features.
> This has been discussed a lot on the internet, and there are many
> articles available.
> This one is nice:
> http://git.or.cz/gitwiki/GitSvnComparsion
> Pierre.
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Jacques Boileau
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