Stephen Kennedy wrote:
> The SCM backend interface is showing its age and its humble CVS
> origins. It breaks regularly and theres no unit tests. There's no
> interface to history.
> In short it needs a major overhaul or replacement.
> Does anybody know of a possible replacement? Some time ago the pida
> project borrowed the vc library and rewrote it (now called anyvc).
> Any others we should consider
I have only made brief contributions to the current incarnation of
anyvc, but I can take a stab at it. I am sure Ronny (the main author)
will correct me on anything or expand on any queries.
Most importantly (imo) the new anyvc is a totally separate package, and
is published on the Package Index as "anyvc", so it would be perfect for
Meld to use and remain independent of the back-end. We did this
primarily to facilitate collaboration in the community. A situation of
"write one set of integration plugins conforming to a single interface"
which could then be reused throughout a very broad spectrum of
applications: [IDEs, Diff/merge tools, Online code browsers, universal
command line libraries, ...] would be a very useful situation.
It would very much encourage users and developers of
source-control-system software to add their own integration to an
So what do we have?
- Working directory support for some systems. That means: "all
commands that affect the working directory, file listings updates etc.
(A few of the less-known systems are missing)
- Unit tests
Ronny is working on a complete feature matrix at:
What do we want?
- History support for all the systems: viewing the history graph,
What do we need? Well, we can get pretty far with most version control
systems. We use Mercurial mostly, so obviously our mercurial support is
the best, and obviously other systems might lack love and features. So
join in, please.
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