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From Emmanuel Lecharny <>
Subject Re: [ApacheDS] Replaced trunks with bigbang
Date Thu, 08 May 2008 12:38:05 GMT
Ersin Er wrote:
> Hi,
> I suggest we do not have such "giant" branches as bigbang. 
This is the first time in 4 years we are working on such a branch. It 
takes longer than expected, as we were supposed to have finished with it 
back in february. Obviously we were too optimistic.

The idea is to close this branch as soon as the JNDI removal will be over.
> I think it may prevent some developers working on the project, at 
> least it may make people think twice with what they are doing (in a 
> stressful manner).
There is always a working trunk, in which developpers can work. We are 
merging from time to time trunk with bigbang, and occasionaly, we 
replace trunk with bigbang (this is the third time we did it yesturday). 
So for people not working on bigbang, trunk is the place, and trunk is 
100% guaranted to compile (ok, 99.9% ;)

Bigbang is nothing more than a branch, all in all ...
> Instead of trying to keep trunk perfectly building, we can always work 
> on the trunk and avoid merging problems;

I don't think that's a viable option. Some of our users are currently 
maintaining some patches on their own, against trunk, just because we 
are not fast enough to fix all the existing bugs, or to apply their 
patches. If we can't offer at least a stable trunk to them, then we are 
in trouble, IMO.
> and we can sometimes (svn) tag the trunk when it perfectly builds and 
> makes sense as a whole. So people can be referred to those tagged 
> versions if they want to go with the edge version of the server.
Every single revision is a tag everyone can use to refer to a working 
version. Do we need to define a Tag directory, as we have branches and 
releases directories ? That could be an option, sure.

I'm truly sorry about all the problem this big refactoring is causing, 
and I wish they will be fixed asap. We are really doing our best to get 
rid of bigbang as fast as possible ...

Thanks !

cordialement, regards,
Emmanuel L├ęcharny

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