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FW Perlmonks: git for Perl projects

git for Perl projects?

by andreas1234567

I recently listened to Randal Schwartz‘ (aka merlyn) and Leo Laporte‘s podcast interview with Junio Hamano, maintainer of the git version control system, on FLOSS weekly episode 19. Mr. Schwartz revealed that he is using git for his source code management, either directly (“anything I get to choose, I use git”), or as a front-end to CVS or Subversion through git’s interface layers (“they don’t know I’m using git”).

I was intrigued by some of the features of git, for instance the ability to track the child-parent relationship for every commit using cryptographic hashes.

I’ve been using CVS up until now, but the way it prevents moving and renaming files makes me want to consider alternatives. Until I heard the above podcast that alternative has been Subversion only.

The Perl projects I work on are neither very large nor distributed. Should I consider git as my future SCM for Perl projects? What are the Monks’ experience with using git in Perl projects?


Andreas brings up an interesting question:  What should we use for Perl development.  I replied to Andreas with:

Re: git for Perl projects?
by jfroebe on Sep 28, 2007 at 21:24 GMT-6

For the most part, it really doesn’t matter which version control system you use. Think about it.. for most open source or even commercial projects, you have a small number of developers that are active on the project. Usually in the single digits. The level of sophistication required of the version control system isn’t pretty high – checkout/checkin/comment/etc. It isn’t until you have a lot more developers, a very complex project, or some other thing. Using CVS, Subversion, GIT, rcs, or even SCCS will work fine for most projects.

GIT is just the revision control system flavor of the week for primarily the Linux kernel developers. If you want to use it, do so. If not, don’t worry about it. Use what feels comfortable to you.

hope this helps,

Jason L. Froebe

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