Thanks for your thoughtful help. I come from the Subversion world. I
think I am beginning to get git. There are a lot of positive things about
it, and a few drawbacks. It solves many problems but doesn't do everything
- especially not the things you can't even imagine a solution for.
Sometime you just have to work.
I appreciate everyones input. I am sure I will use git increasingly. And
I 'm sure I'll be back with other questions.
On Monday, October 21, 2013 1:37:50 PM UTC-5, Philip Oakley wrote:
> Hi Blake,
> Just a quick prelude - as I didn't see anything that explicitly mentioned
> your level of Git experience -
> Git branching is not the same as branching in most other version control
> Changing between Git branches is not normally swapping between major
> variants and divergences of a project.
> If your previous experience has been of 'branches' being different,
> separate and divergent version of code (and a VCS that assumes that is
> true), it will be hard to see Git's branch model for what it is. One blog
> on the issue is .
> Many codebases become inter-twined because of the things the VCS makes
> easy and those that are hard (and then you get into the usual problems...).
> Git changes those biases, and reduces the problems (but may not be an
> instant fix). It can take a while to see the woods for the trees.
> ----- Original Message -----
> *Sent:* Monday, October 21, 2013 4:03 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [git-users] GIT with large projects
> I am sure this can be done. The problem is:
> 1. It would be a complex setup and may require a lot of maintenance to
> keep up to date
> 2. It would add a whole new potential bug element. In other words, if
> the setup, or how it worked, had a problem, you'd have something to debug
> that would never have existed without attempting to add the ability to
> switch branches. You wouldn't even know that that was the problem until
> you got far enough in the debug process.
> So, while if this system were perfect it would be a good feature, in
> practice it would just add an additional failure point.
> On Monday, October 21, 2013 9:38:59 AM UTC-5, Dale Worley wrote:
>> > From: Blake McBride <blak...@gmail.com>
>> > Not sure what you mean about designed well, but in order to switch
>> > without having to do a full rebuild would involve:
>> > [lots of stuff]
>> I believe there are commercial systems that do this. They keep track
>> of the derived files and what source files they depend on. Then when
>> you switch branches, they know everything that has to be deleted,
>> etc. to get the state of the build tree right.
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