[Ffmpeg-devel] SVN dump

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Mon Apr 16 02:28:23 CEST 2007


On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 12:08:04AM +0200, Aurelien Jacobs wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Apr 2007 12:33:14 -0700 (PDT)
> Trent Piepho <xyzzy at speakeasy.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, 15 Apr 2007, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Why don't just switch to GIT ? :) I wonder what does Michael thinks about it.
> > >
> > > main problem is i know very little about git
> > > but iam surely in favor of getting rid of svn, ill move "learning git" a
> > > little up in my todo list
> > 
> > There is another SCM called Mercurial that is very similar to git.  In some
> > cases it is faster and in some slower.  However, it is less complex and
> > easier to use.  There are few Linux kernel sub-systems (like v4l-dvb and
> > ALSA) that use Mercurial for the project, and then export their patches
> > upstream to git for inclusion in the kernel.
> > 
> > They are both much better than svn.  diff, annotate, log, etc.  don't use a
> > remote server and are far faster.  It's also much nicer for devs who don't
> > have commit access.
> Absolutely agree.
> A few interesting facts about Mercurial:
>  - size of the whole ffmpeg history: 14 MB
>  - size of a working directory (ie. the whole history + a full checkout):
>    27 MB (to be compared to the 29 MB of a svn checkout which contains no
>    history)
>  - comparable speed to GIT
>  - less complex than GIT
>  - much better support for some plateform (namely win32) than GIT
> For interested people, I maintain a Mercurial conversion of ffmpeg
> repository available here: http://hg.gnuage.org/ffmpeg
> You can simply grab it with: hg clone http://hg.gnuage.org/ffmpeg
> Note that it has the same problem as the GIT conversion: it don't
> include svn:externals.

iam curious how is mercurial updated from svn? is it simple so that
people can pull from svn or non trivial and we all have to pull from you?

> For those who want to know a bit more about mercurial, you will learn
> most of what you need in something like 1/4 hour in this tutorial:
>   http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/wiki/index.cgi/Tutorial
> And if you want a detailed documentation:
>   http://hgbook.red-bean.com/
> (BTW: AFAIK Mercurial also have a better and more complete documentation
> than GIT)
> Has you may have understood, switching to Mercurial would makes me very
> happy, but I would already consider GIT a great improvement over SVN.

ive looked at mercurial and played a little with it and it seems to be
great, that is MUCH better then svn/cvs

what advantages does git have over mercurial?
can a mercurial repository be converted to git?
can changes with complete history be moved between different mercurial repos?


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