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From Mahadev Konar <maha...@hortonworks.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Change bylaws to require 3 binding +1s for branch merge
Date Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:30:18 GMT


On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 9:26 PM, Arun C Murthy <acm@hortonworks.com> wrote:
> +1
> Arun
> On Jul 11, 2011, at 5:11 PM, Jakob Homan 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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