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Configuration Management Tools FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Software Configuration Management Tools.

This FAQ about Software Configuration Management Tools was compiled and written by Dave Eaton dwe@arde.com with numerous contributions by others.

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-01 Summary (comp.software.config-mgmt)
-02 Abbreviations Used (comp.software.config-mgmt)
-03 Process versus Configuration Management
Vendors Don't Always ...
-04 Commercial Vendor Contact List (comp.software.config-mgmt)
-05 "Free" But Perhaps Not Fully Supported (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
There are a number of tools generally available at no charge - ...
-06 /BriefCase Toolkit (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
The /BriefCase 3 Toolkit expands the basic capabilities of ...
-07 Emacs Offers Extensions For Version Control (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
While not a CM tool in itself, Emacs 19 includes a mode called VC ...
-08 Aegis (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
Aegis is a project change supervisor distributed under the GNU ...
-09 BCS (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
BCS stands for Baseline Configuration System. It was written by ...
-10 CVS (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
CVS (Concurrent Versions System), which requires RCS (built in ...
-11 GNU CSSC (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
An test release of GNU CSSC version 0.09 is available. This is ...
-12 ICE (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
Its authors report that the Incremental Configuration Engine (ICE) ...
-13 ODE (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
The OSF Development Environment (ODE) from the Open Group is ...
-14 Project Revision Control System (PRCS) (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
PRCS, the Project Revision Control System is the front end to a set ...
-15 RCS (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
RCS (Revision Control System) is often considered to be better ...
-16 rcsview - RCS and CVS file viewer (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
Written in Tcl, rcsview is a companion tool that allows you to ...
-17 SCCS (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
SCCS (Source Code Control System) is comes with most ...
-18 ShapeTools (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
The shape toolkit (ShapeTools) is a set of commands for ...
-19 Subversion (Version Control Systems Generally Available "Free)
The Subversion project (available under an Apache/BSD-style ...
-20 Tools to "make" or "build" Software
While these are not CM tools in the general sense, the make or ...
-21 Growing Number On Market (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
With an increased emphasis on software development costs, ...
-22 +1CM (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
+1CM from +1 Software Engineering is one of fourteen ...
-23 AccuRev/CM (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
AccuRev(tm), from AccuRev Inc. (formerly Ede Development Enterprises)...
-24 AllChange (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
AllChange is a full-featured configuration management and ...
-25 CCC/Harvest, CCC/Manager, CCC QuikTrak (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
The Change and Configuration Control (CCC) family of change ...
-26 ClearCase (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
ClearCase, by Rational (formerly Pure Atria) was designed by ...
-27 CM Synergy (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
CM Synergy from Telelogic (which acquired Continuus Software Corp.,...
-28 CMF (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Configuration Management Facility (CMF) supports a hierarchy ...
-29 Code Co-op (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Reliable Software's Code Co-op is a server-less version control ...
-30 CMS and MMS (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Included in Digital Equipments Corp.'s DECset are CMS and MMS. CMS:...
-31 CMVC (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
IBM Configuration Management and Version Control (CMVC) is ...
-32 CMZ (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
CMZ is a code and text manager for all programming and text ...
-33 CONTROL-CS (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Network Concepts began offering an SCM tool called CONTROL to ...
-34 Corporate RCS (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Corporate RCS by Thompson Automation Software manages ...
-35 Disciplined Software Management (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Disciplined Software Management by Saint Mavris Technology is ...
-36 DRTS (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
The Distributed Revision Tracking System (DRTS) by ILSI ...
-37 DSEE (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Domain Software Engineering Environment (DSEE - pronounced dizzy) ...
-38 ExcoConf (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
ExcoConf by Excosoft AB is reportedly a high-end SCM tool ...
-39 Endevor Workstation (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Endevor Workstation from Computer Associates Intnl. automates ...
-40 FtpVC (FTP Version Control) (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
FtpVC (FTP Version Control) is a simple shareware MS Windows 95 ...
-41 HOPE (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
HOPE is an object-oriented team programming environment for C/C++ ...
-42 NeumaCM+ (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
NeumaCM+ from Neuma Technology Inc. provides Configuration Management,...
-43 PCM (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Tesseract Technology is a small South African company with a suite ...
-44 PERFORCE (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
PERFORCE by Perforce Software is a client/server system ...
-45 PVCS (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
PVCS by MERANT (formed by the combination of Micro Focus ...
-46 QEF Software Process Automation System (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
QEF from Advanced Software Inc. is a commercial product which ...
-47 Quma Version Control System (QVCS) (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Author Jim Voris (jimv@clark.net) reports that although QVCS is not ...
-48 RAZOR (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
RAZOR from Visible Systems Corporation (formerly from Tower Concepts)...
-49 RCE (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
DuraSoft is now the marketing partner of Mr. Walter F. Tichy, ...
-50 SABLIME (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
SABLIME by Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T Software Solutions)...
-51 Serena ChangeMan DS (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Serena ChangeMan DS (formerly known as eChangeMan and before that ...
-52 Serena ChangeMan ZMF (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Serena Change Man ZMF, by Serena Software, Inc. is a process-based ...
-53 Software Configuration Library Manager (SCLM) (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
SCLM by IBM is a component of ISPF, which is which is part of OS/...
-54 Software Manager (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Software Manager from Vertical Sky, wholly-owned group of Mortice ...
-55 Source Code Manager (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Source Code Manager (SCM), from UniPress Software Inc, is ...
-56 SourceOffSite (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
SourceOffSite by SourceGear Corporation is a 3rd party add-on ...
-57 StarTeam (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
StarTeam by StarBase Corporation offers common version ...
-58 TeamConnection (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
IBM's VisualAge TeamConnection Enterprise Server is a repository-...
-59 TeamSite (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Interwoven's TeamSite is a CM product specifically designed ...
-60 TeamWare (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
SPARCworks/TeamWare from SunSoft is a visual code ...
-61 TLIB (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
TLIB by Burton System Software provides version control for PC users....
-62 TRUEchange (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
TRUEchange (formerly known as Aide-de-Camp or ADC) from TRUE ...
-63 VisualEnabler (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Visual Enabler from Softlab (a subsidiary of auto maker BMW) is ...
-64 Visual SourceSafe (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
SourceSafe provides for true project level configuration control. ...
-65 MainSoft Visual SourceSafe for UNIX (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
SourceSafe was originally written for the PC. Mainsoft used ...
-66 Metrowerks Visual SourceSafe for Macintosh (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Metrowerks produces the Macintosh version of Visual SourceSafe. It ...
-67 Voodoo (Commercial Configuration Management Tools)
Voodoo is a version management tool for the management of projects ...
-68 Tools Related To Configuration Management
Embedded In Other ...
-69 CM Tools With World Wide Web Sites
As the popularity and accessibility of the World Wide Web (WWW) ...
-70 I have heard about this group (comp.software.config-mgmt) from cross-postings in other groups, but it's not in my news offering. How can I get it?
Talk to your local system administrator. All sites do ...
-71 What is (Software) Configuration Management (CM or SCM)?
There are a number of different interpretations. For purposes ...
-72 How does Problem Management relate to Configuration Management?
Many organizations choose to integrate their problem management ...
-73 Where else can I look for configuration management information?
Topics related to software configuration management are ...
-74 How can a vendor get information into the product summaries? (Configuration Management Tools)
If you know of a tool you believe should be represented in one ...
-75 What user and vendor comments are appropriate here? (comp.software.config-mgmt)
Heated discussions often have been raised in this ...
-76 How do I reconfigure my PC or its applications?
Although questions about PC hardware configurations, changes ...
-77 How can I do CM in a mixed platform network?
The basic setup is that you put your source code repository on ...
-78 Will a sophisticated CM system solve my problems?
Discussed in many forms on this newsgroup, the simple answer is no,...
-79 How should a CM system relate to process enforcement?
This is a very controversial topic and many good discussions ...
-80 What is the "best" CM tool to use?
This is a loaded question without an answer. The real answer ...
-81 How should I version control my Web site?
This is a special case of SCM and may be a bit outside ...
-82 Are job postings permitted in this newsgroup? (comp.software.config-mgmt)
The consensus of the readers of this newsgroup is to permit short,...
-83 What is the history of Revison Control and Configuration Management?
This subject would take more room than is possible in the FAQ. ...
-84 How can a user add information to this FAQ? (comp.software.config-mgmt)
This did not used to be a question anyone asked, since USENET ...
-85 What are the benefits of SCM?
This question arises in several forms. Sometimes it is what ...
-86 Books About Configuration Management
(Hal Render maintains a bibliography of books and articles on SCM,...
-87 May I post specific questions about ClearCase here?
Yes, you may post them here and are quite likely to get an answer....
-88 Is there a tutorial someplace on RCS?
Try executing 'man rcsintro'. It comes with rcs. Also try to ...
-89 Is there a tool to convert SCCS data to RCS format?
There is a GNU csh script named sccs2rcs which does this. Check ...
-90 Why do I get Ctrl-M characters in my CVS files?
This seems to happen when a user checks out files from a ...









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