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Date:         Fri, 16 Oct 1998 14:51:05 -0700
Reply-To:     "Self, Karsten" <kself@VISA.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Self, Karsten" <kself@VISA.COM>
Subject:      Re: SAS and version control systems
Comments: To: "Brucken, Nancy" <>
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I've used RCS in small workgroups with good success. There are more comprehensive tools including CVS and BitKeeper (, all of which are freely available. Most of these are command-line based systems, which works fine for me. There are a number of products (mostly proprietary) which provide a GUI interface.

My suggestion is to stick with a system based on RCS or SCCS for portability and open access. There are a number of books available on the subject, include "Applying RCS and SCCS" by O'Reilly, and one from Hewlett-Packard whose title slips my mind at the moment. Email me at and I'll dig it up for you.

Version control is best applied to source code and possible program logs. For datasets, databases, and most large binary structures, I prefer alternate versioning or recovery methods (data regeneration, backups, RDBMS rollback, etc.).

-- Karsten M. Self ( Trilogy Consulting

What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?

> ---------- > From: Brucken, Nancy[] > Sent: Friday, October 16, 1998 11:57 AM > To: SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU > Subject: SAS and version control systems > > Has anyone had experience using SAS and some sort of > commercially-available version control system for tracking changes to > programs, macros and/or databases under either Windows NT 4.0 or HP-UX? > If so, what version control package have you used, and how well has it > worked for you? We've just started looking into purchasing a version > control system, and an initial search has turned up at least 20 > different packages, so we're trying to narrow things down before doing a > more detailed evaluation. > TIA, > Nancy > > Nancy Brucken > Parke-Davis, QIP > (734) 622-5767 > Internet address: >

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