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#ActualServant of the Lord

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

Are the latest files in Mercurial's local repositories saved in their original file format or a special format / archive? What about SVN? What about git?
 
If I wanted to manually modify the up-to-date repository without invoking any version control tool or command, which ones permit me to do so?
 
I've installed multiple different source control tools before (and apparently still have TortoiseSVN and TortoiseCVS installed), but they puked over my projects' neatly organized folders with special files and junk, so I always returned to ye ol' manual zipping up the entire directory and renaming it to the current date, then TeraCopying it to other networked machines for safety. I really want, and recognize the need, to learn at least one of the major source control systems, but haven't had the time to learn and customize them to keep my project mine and not theirs.
 
As an analogy, I also don't like iTunes and Windows Media, for how they take over and 'organize' your music files for you - and spend alot of time crawling my computer looking for new files without being prompted to. So I organize my own music files in their folders how I choose, and I use a media player that works with me instead of takes control away from me. (I use foobar2000, if anyone was wondering)
 
What source control system works best with a lazy finicky micro-managing NIH nitpicking solo-programmer who-wants-files-local-and-unobfuscated like myself? smile.png

#1Servant of the Lord

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

Are the latest files in Mercurial's local repositories saved in their original file format or a special format / archive? What about SVN? What about git?

 

If I wanted to manually modify the up-to-date repository without invoking any version control tool or command, which ones permit me to do so?

 

I've installed multiple different source control tools before (and apparently still have TortoiseSVN and TortoiseCVS installed), but they puked over my projects' neatly organized folders with special files and junk, so I always returned to ye ol' manual zipping up the entire directory and renaming it to the current date, then TeraCopying it to other networked machines for safety. I really want, and recognize the need, to learn at least one of the major source control systems, but haven't had the time to learn and customize them to keep my project mine and not theirs.

 

As an analogy, I also don't like iTunes and Windows Media, for how they take over and 'organize' your music files for you - and spend alot of time crawling my computer looking for new files without being prompted to. So I organize my own music files in their folders how I choose, and I use a media player that works with me instead of takes control away from me. (I use foobar2000, if anyone was wondering)

 

What source control system works best with a lazy finicky micro-managing NIH nitpicking solo-programmer who-wants-files-local-and-obfuscated like myself? smile.png


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