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From Noah Slater <>
Subject Re: Moving CouchDB to Git
Date Mon, 01 Aug 2011 21:14:35 GMT
What does it do?

On 1 Aug 2011, at 22:34, Randall Leeds <> wrote:

> I think the big question Paul was trying to get an answer to was "srcmv
> before or after?".
> I'm not sure I have strong feelings, but I feel like we need to answer that
> or all these +1s aren't going to move us forward.
> On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 12:11, Robert Dionne <>wrote:
>> +1
>> On Jul 31, 2011, at 12:29 PM, Paul Davis wrote:
>>> Dearest Devs,
>>> A few months ago I did some work in preparing a solution to using Git
>>> as a primary VCS at the ASF. Now that we have released 1.1.0 and 1.0.3
>>> there's a bit of a lull in large events dealing with the code base. As
>>> such I thought now would be a good time to propose the idea of moving
>>> CouchDB to Git.
>>> A few things on what this would mean for the community:
>>> 1. The SVN repository would no longer be the primary source for
>>> CouchDB source code. It'll still exist for house keeping things like
>>> the website and other bits.
>>> 2. For the time being there is no fancy integration with anything like
>>> Gerrit. The initial phase of moving to Git will be to just test the
>>> infrastructure aspects of the system to make sure its all configured
>>> correctly and works reliably. This also applies to GitHub. There's no
>>> magical "Pull request turns into JIRA ticket" or similar. GitHub will
>>> remain as it is a currently, a read-only mirror in the GitHub
>>> ecosystem.
>>> 3. There are a couple minor restrictions on our Git usage as required
>>> by ASF policy. First, rewriting Git commits on master is prohibited. I
>>> also added a feature that allows us to make branches that can't be
>>> rewritten either in the interest of protecting release branches.
>>> Currently, this is just a regular expression that matches
>>> "(master)|(rel/*)" in the branch name. The second issue is that
>>> there's always a possibility we have to revert to SVN if things break.
>>> In this interest I've disabled inserting merge commits into those same
>>> branches.
>>> 4. Before making the complete switch I'll end up making a handful of
>>> Git clones to check that our history is preserved. I plan on writing a
>>> script to make Graphviz images of the branch history and so on, but
>>> having people volunteer to look back at the history to spot errors
>>> would be helpful as well.
>>> 5. There are probably other things, but this is mostly to just kick
>>> off serious discussion on making the switch.
>>> Thoughts?
>>> Paul

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