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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
 Please Git It

Continuing the Git Migration thread from foundation-list, I have to agree with ebassi that git is designed to be highly scriptable. That's kind of a tautology as one can infer it from the fact that most git tools are written as scripts calling lower-level ones.

What I wanted to post but am now writing here is that you can write a wrapper around git (porcelain as they call it in git speak) that behaves exactly like bad ol' CVS if you really want to keep the old workflows and minimize the learning curve. Without bothering to write a full script, lets have a quick look:
You get the idea... However, the main point about migration to distributed source control systems is, you really should not keep your old workflows or you are ignoring most of the benefits. Non-technical users (translators?) can use these kind of scripts though. Last but not least, you can do cool things with git that you can't do with CVS.

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There is a git client that works like CVS... it's called CVS.

See git-cvsserver(1). Almost everything CVS can do works with Git repos through this compatibility layer.
Except that nobody has checked it from a security point of view, so no self-respecting sysadmin will run that.
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