Most VuFind development is done with Subversion, and there are some notes on using it for upgrading purposes here:

 

http://vufind.org/wiki/subversion#vendor_branching

 

If you haven’t worked with version control before, I also recommend the standard Subversion book, which does a good job of explaining the philosophy behind it:

 

http://svnbook.red-bean.com/

 

The biggest disadvantage to Subversion is that since it’s a client/server setup, if you don’t have a repository server available, setting one up can be a bit of a chore (not a huge project, but non-trivial).  The other really popular version control option these days is Git, which has gained popularity because of its more advanced branching and merging capabilities which make large-scale collaboration easier.  Personally, I find that these extra features get in the way when you don’t need them, but Git does have the advantage of a more built-in repository system, which makes it faster to use “out of the box.”  You might also find it less annoying than I do if you don’t already have deeply-ingrained Subversion-specific habits.

 

If you want to do a simple comparison between two directory trees, I recommend WinMerge (assuming you’re working on a Windows box):

 

http://winmerge.org/

 

If you’re not using Windows, I’m sure similar projects are available for other platforms.

 

In any case, I’ve done this sort of upgrade tracking several times for different flavors of VuFind, so I’m pretty comfortable with it… and it has usually turned out to be less difficult than I originally expected, once I figured out the best way to use all the available tools.  I’m happy to share more advice if you still have any questions.  Also, if you have modifications that you feel should be part of the trunk, or which could be made easier to maintain through improvements to trunk architecture, I’d be interested in hearing about them.

 

- Demian

 

From: Harmon, Kelly [mailto:Kelly.Harmon@ARS.USDA.GOV]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 2:59 PM
To: vufind-general@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [VuFind-General] Looking for Suggestions on Versioning/Updating Efficiency

 

Hello!

 

We are running a “moderately modified” Vufind 1.0 configuration which we’re nearly ready to go public with.

 

Once it goes live, we’ll be updating to version 1.1 (or later, as the case may be at the time) and I’m interested in being able to maintain a database of my changes so that I’ll know what files I’ll need to update again when we upgrade.

 

I currently keep this information in a spreadsheet…but am looking for a ‘versioning’ software to make my life easier.

 

Suggestions? 

 

I’m particularly interested in something that could compare what I’ve got now, with the new version, so that I don’t have to dig through my spreadsheets, but rely on it from the onset.

 

Anything to make life easier and more efficient would be much appreciated.


Thanks in advance!

 

Kelly