Update on git conversion
abartlet at samba.org
Mon Oct 8 10:32:18 GMT 2007
On Sat, 2007-10-06 at 09:45 -0500, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
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> > Hmm, perhaps we should have defined the success conditions for this?
> Simply put: If the majority of Samba developers that use the new
> git repositories consider it to be an inhibitor to development, I
> will migrate everything back to svn. But if you don't participate,
> I don't think that it's fair help make that decision. Maybe others
> feel differently. I will gladly go with whatever the majority
> decides. I'm only doing this work because I honestly believe it
> will help to grow the number of Samba developers in the community.
> But tools do not solve social problems. They can enable people
> to overcome social obstacles, but in the end tools don't build
> communities. People can use those tools to build communities.
> But the growth is up to the people, not the tools.
I do think the social part of this bears more discussion. Changing the
tools, while a challenge, could certainly be considered the easy part.
> I understand your apprehension and since you have opted out of
> the experiment, we can just leave it at that. All I ask is that
> you keep an open mind.
I've only 'opted out' in that I would like to see the Samba 3.0 branch
I still very much hope to watch the trial/experiment run, and like any
good experiment I would like to see it be assessed against a set of
written goals. Despite your apprehensions, I do hope the git
transformation is a success, and if we can see it meeting a set of
written goals, it will be easier to show that.
In terms of process, while it seems implied in the git migration that
there is a rather different process for getting features into a release,
I'm assured that git also supports the current development method, so I
don't see any major issues.
The final criteria I would asses the migration against (on top of those
I listed before) is for the git migration support is to still have an
anonymous SVN checkout. We discussed this only briefly at the team
meeting, and I still feel it provides an excellent way for users to
track the current tree, without yet another toolset.
Authentication Developer, Samba Team http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.
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