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From Tom White <tom.e.wh...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Change bylaws to require 3 binding +1s for branch merge
Date Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:36:46 GMT


On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM, Jakob Homan <jghoman@gmail.com> wrote:
> As discussed in the recent thread on HDFS-1623 branching models, I'd
> like to amend the bylaws to provide that branches should get a minimum
> of three committer +1s before being merged to trunk.
> The rationale:
> Feature branches are often created in order that developers can
> iterate quickly without the review then commit requirements of trunk.
> Branches' commit requirements are determined by the branch maintainer
> and in this situation are often set up as commit-then-review.  As
> such, there is no way to guarantee that the entire changeset offered
> for trunk merge has had a second pair of eyes on it.  Therefore, it is
> prudent to give that final merge heightened scrutiny, particularly
> since these branches often extensively affect critical parts of the
> system.  Requiring three binding +1s does not slow down the branch
> development process, but does provide a better chance of catching bugs
> before they make their way to trunk.
> Specifically, under the Actions subsection, this vote would add a new
> bullet item:
> * Branch merge: A feature branch that does not require the same
> criteria for code to be committed to trunk will require three binding
> +1s before being merged into trunk.
> The last bylaw change required lazy majority of PMC and ran for 7
> days, which I believe would apply to this one as well.  That would
> have this vote ending 5pm PST July 18.
> -Jakob

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