November 23rd, 2002

  • alanj

Subversion replacing CVS soon

In the near future LiveJournal is going to switch our source code repository from CVS to Subversion. You can read about the technical advantages on their website - true changeset support, atomic commits, versioned file renaming, efficient branching, other useful things. The most important advantage, however, is that Subversion has a clean design which is easy to understand, use, and administrate. We never touch the CVS setup because neither I nor Brad know much about the arcane rituals involved in CVS administration; Subversion should be a much easier platform to work with.

Nothing's changing right now, but if you want to get a head start, download a Subversion client, skim through the Subversion Book, and play around. We have a test server containing the LJ repository available at, but that could be taken down or moved elsewhere at any time, so don't rely on its continued presence.

The Zilla item about this is Bug 320.
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