The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Revisions of versions

I spent today making sure I was using the lateset version of the greylist daemon across two production servers (one running Postfix; the other Sendmail) and the development server (or rather, servers as I actively develop on two different machines).

Good thing too, because there was one file that was completely different on each machine, and quite a few files that were the same on two or three and different on the remaining machines.

You might ask why I'm not using some form of revision control, but I am. Only I don't think it's right for how I work. I could use CVS, since it comes already installed on Linux distributions, and I'm currently using it for mod_blog. But it does have a few problems. Then there's subversion, but the last time I checked, it was a bear to install, and I'm not sure how one actually goes about creating a new project with it.

No, for this project, I decided to try git. Dead simple to install. Dead simple to create a new repository. Dead simple to create and checkout different branches. Incredibly fast too. But managing a central repository with git seems to have eluded me. Perhaps it's because I don't fully understand how git is used properly, or perhaps it's because I want a centalized development model, not a decentralized one (even though I do development across different machines). And the pulling or pushing of changes from one repository to another doesn't seem to work as I would expect it to work.

It's a pity, because other than “checking in” and “checking out” revisions, it's a nice, fast program.

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