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Any of you ever tried using http://aegis.sf.net or BitKeeper? Both of these products are free for Open Source use and are established ways of handling patch contributions.

-- MartinCleaver - 17 Aug 2003

I've used BitKeeper a little and quite like it. Works straight out of the box and seems to have some powerful functionality. Have not had enough time to sit down and learn its full usage yet.

-- NicholasLee - 18 Aug 2003

Do you think BitKeeper would be suitable for managing Patch Contributions for TWiki.org? I guess the criteria would be simple enough to not hinder occasional users whilst powerful enough to help those people whose responsibility rests in this domain (i.e. our TWikiPatchMaster / TWikiPatchCoordinatorRole).

Anyone played with Aegis?

-- MartinCleaver - 19 Aug 2003

I've played with Aegis. It looks pretty powerful, but the phrases intuitive, quick and simple learning curve, and so on don't spring to mind. I've not decided if I like it yet or not. I suspect the latter however. One nice thing in it's favour though is the constant availability of the latest unified diff. (This would make submission of patches trivial)

On a secondary note, using a tool which many are familiar with (CVS) despite its short comings strikes me as sensible - after all TWiki.org (nor many projects) actually make any use of CVS's more advanced features, so choosing an alternative before that limit is hit strikes me as a white elephant. Having played with aegis - if we did need it's functionality, importing a tree is pretty simple aeimport -DIR /home/repository -P project cvsroot/sub/directory I expect it's much the same with BK.

Using CVS also keeps the TWiki "gene pool" of developers higher. At this time I would advocate against a tool change for VC of TWiki.

-- MichaelSparks - 19 Aug 2003

personally i'd rather use Arch, with the distributed ftp based repositories. smile

-- SvenDowideit - 21 Aug 2003

Okay, what can you tell us about Arch? Does it provide workflow for tracking application of patches? Also, to address Michael's point to your idea, does it have any sort of "expose as CVS" functionality?

Have you used Arch? Its new to me.

-- MartinCleaver - 21 Aug 2003

from the 2 hours of looking that i did last week, Arch is the closes thing to BitKeeper that the open source comunity has. It seems to do change sets, distributed repositories, and therefore will allow us to multi-hosted redundant twiki's (including offline relationships).

but no, i have not used it. One of my workmates and i want to trial it later in the year when our release pressures calm down.

-- SvenDowideit - 23 Aug 2003

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