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From Pacco <>
Subject SCM, Content-Management and cherry-picking in big project
Date Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:33:38 GMT

I'm responsible for the content of a single package within a bigger 
software (several million lines of code). I'm experienced with 
ClearCase, Dimensions, CVS, git, mercurial, etc.
Now, management decision was made to use Subversion over one of the big 
But on opposite side I'm confronted with customer's request of stable 
releases, quick and immediate rollbacks, multiple release branches.

So, I want to get the very best out of Subversion from the Content 
Management point of view. I want individually select changes for my 
release version.
My intentional idea looks like that:

1) Multiple repositories for release-results (binaries, libraries), 
development of different package-branches, etc.

2) Developers are working on one repository. After having made their 
implementations or changes, they commit and copy/create a tag-version, 
i.e. BUG_1234_TAG.

3) Official release planning:
Based on last release-branch, i.e. REL_0001, I want to compose the next 
release by individually taking the different tags. For example:

   REL_0000 (old release)

but not BUG_1030_TAG and BUG_1040_TAG.
Unfortunately I'm not aware of the commiting order! BUG_1010_TAG could 
have been commited after BUG_1020_TAG.

4) After populating this release-working-directory, the official builds 
and tests are done. A tag or branch will be copied to mark this 
release-version, the release outcome are commited to the release-repository.

So my questions are:

- Is this scenario possible? Especially the cherry-picking of tags, not 
- Is there a better way of selecting individual packets (tags) for 
composing new working-directory?


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