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From Christopher <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Thinking about branch names
Date Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:04:13 GMT
+1 to static dev branch names per release series. (this would also fix the
Jenkins spam when the builds break due to branch name changes)

However, I kind of prefer 1.5.x or 1.5-dev, or similar, over simply 1.5,
which looks so much like a release version that I wouldn't want it to
generate any confusion.

Also, for reference, here's a few git commands that might help some people
avoid the situation that happened:
git remote update
git remote prune $(git remote)
git config --global push.default current # git < 1.8
git config --global push.default simple # git >= 1.8

The situation seems to primarily have occurred because of some pushes that
succeeded because the local clone was not aware that the remote branches
had disappeared. Pruning will clean those up, so that you'll get an error
if you try to push. Simple/current push strategy will ensure you don't push
all matching branches by default. Josh's proposed solution makes it less
likely the branches will disappear/change on a remote, but these are still
useful git commands to be aware of, and are related enough to this
situation, I thought I'd share.

Christopher L Tubbs II

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM, Josh Elser <> wrote:

> After working on 1.5.2 and today's branch snafu, I think I've come to the
> conclusion that our branch naming is more pain than it's worth (I believe I
> was the one who primarily argued for branch names as they are current
> implemented, so take that as you want).
> * Trying to making a new branch for the "next" version as a release is
> happening forces you to fight with Maven. Maven expects that your "next" is
> going to be on the same branch and the way it makes commits and bumps
> versions for you encourages this. Using a new branch for "next" is more
> manual work for the release manager.
> * The time after we make a release, there's a bit of confusion (I do it
> too, just not publicly... yet) about "what branch do I put this fix for
> _version_ in?". It's not uncommon to put it in the "old" branch instead of
> the new one. The problem arises when the old branch has already been
> deleted. If a developer has an old version of that branch, there's nothing
> to tell them "hey, your copy of this branch is behind the remote's copy of
> this branch. I'm not accepting your push!" Having a single branch for a
> release line removes this hassle.
> "Pictorially", I'm thinking we would change from the active branches
> {1.5.3-SNAPSHOT, 1.6.1-SNAPSHOT, 1.6.2-SNAPSHOT, master} to {1.5, 1.6,
> master}. (where a git tag would exist for the 1.6.1 RCs).
> IIRC, the big argument for per-release branches was of encouraging
> frequent, targeted branches (I know the changes for this version go in this
> branch). I think most of this can be mitigated by keeping up with frequent
> releases and coordination with the individual cutting the release.
> In short, I'm of the opinion that I think we should drop the ".z-SNAPSHOT"
> suffix from branch names (e.g. 1.5.3-SNAPSHOT) and move to a shorter "x.y"
> (e.g. 1.5) that exists for the lifetime of that version. I think we could
> also use this approach if/when we change our versioning to start using the
> "x" component of "x.y.z".
> Thoughts?
> - Josh

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