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George Brown
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I wasn't entirely sure where to post this since there isn't a forum devoted to source control, so since the source control in question will be carried out under a linux (probably red hat) I thought this forum would be as good as any ...
Can anyone recommend a good open source source control system, with a GUI interface, to use with red hat? I've used SCS and I've used RCS under HPUX extensively several years back but it was entirely command-line driven, and I quite like having a colourful mouse-driven interface to check in/check out/merge etc etc. A front-end to a command-line driven interface would be fine too. Any ideas on this subject would be gratefully received.
I've read a few things about Red Hat's Source-Navigator, can anyone offer a view of that?
 
Frank Carver
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Most open-source rojects seem to use CVS these days. Since CVS is fundamentally a client-server system, it has several GUI front-ends to choose from.
Whatever you do go for, I'd recommend that you choose one which supports [b]both[/i] command-line and GUI operation, and in particular, choose one which works well with the ANT build system, so you can sensibly script a build process which includes source-control, and have the freedom to use or adapt some of the many ANT extensions for this sort of thing.
 
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http://www.javaranch.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=58&t=000036
Two things I learned long ago. The hard way.
1. Never invest heavily in a GUI-only product. Sooner or later you'll want to automate something and for that you need a command line to write scripts for.
2. Binary formats for configuration (like the Windows Registry) might (but often don't) keep prying fingers out of delicate info, but if you need a fixup script, text is better, because you aren't limited to custom tools.
 
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