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Version Control for AS400

Hi
I need to research a version control system for the AS400.  
Firstly does CVS work on the AS400 ?
If not what are the best alternatives to use and why.
Also It would be preferable that they were open source.
Cheers Dave
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daveslaterCommented:
Hi
a lot of the information needed for version control is built into the AS/400.

Each object is tagged with date and time of compile change source file etc... This can be seen byu using the DSPOBJD command. DSPPGMREF also shows where these objects are used.

I am not aware of any "Open Source" solutions for source / version contol - the 400 area tens to charge for most things.

My experience is that most shops write their own or use a commercial system - but there are a lot of experts here with different experiences.

Dave
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9703403Author Commented:
I will be using the AS400 as a store for Java Source Code.
So I wont actually be developing on the AS400.
So I badly need somthing like CVS that will work on the AS400
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9703403Author Commented:
If I have to use non open source then what would people recommend
Cheers
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daveslaterCommented:
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CVS is source control written in Java then it should run on the 400.

The 400 is different ot the PC in that you can access the system via shares on a PC or via the inbuilt AS/400 commands so it may be a bit more complex.

Lets see what other people have to say and I have not done much in Java.

Dave
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tliottaCommented:
Dave:

We use CVS here for such things, but it kind of depends on the tools. If EDTF or SEU are the basic development tools, then CVS probably isn't a very good choice. The use of those as primary tools would indicate a level of sophistication that need not include CVS capabilities.

But we're primarily developing for Eclipse and using tools better suited such as WDSC among others. CVS can work as well with the IFS as with any similar set of file systems.

Tom
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9703403Author Commented:
Hi Tom
we will be using Eclipse for development on Windows and the source will simply be saved to the AS400.
What version of CVS would you use ? and what version of plugin do you use for Eclipse.
Would you use the Subversion solution (based on CVS) from www.softlanding.com.
Is there a version of CVS for AS400 provided by cvshome.org ?
Cheers Dave

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tliottaCommented:
Dave:

After doing some digging into our support group, I find a couple details. The CVS that is _currently_ in use, is running under Linux on an old PC in our network. Some developers also use local CVS at their workstations and use network drives to interact with the Linux CVS.

As for SoftLanding (see Disclosure at bottom of post)... I've used their TurnOver product extensively and I have very few issues with it. SoftLanding has some good developers and they contribute significantly to the AS/400 community. They did a lot of the porting of Subversion to run native under OS/400 and make the binaries freely available.

They also market TurnOverSVN as their product that is based on Subversion for OS/400.

I wouldn't have concerns about going in either direction. I haven't yet used either but my experience with SoftLanding has been pretty good.

Tom

(Disclosure: My current employer is a business partner with SoftLanding, but a good part of the reason for that is opinions of our developers. My opinion is in this post.)
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9703403Author Commented:
Hey thanks for all your help. Forgot to close this question. I have opted for Softlandings Subversion for OS/400. So thanks tliotta for that.
Cheers Dave
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