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From larry mccay <lmc...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Why there are so many revert operations on trunk?
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2016 21:12:56 GMT

On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 4:36 PM, Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli <vinodkv@apache.org>

> Folks,
> It is truly disappointing how we are escalating situations that can be
> resolved through basic communication.
> Things that shouldn’t have happened
> - After a few objections were raised, commits should have simply stopped
> before restarting again but only after consensus
> - Reverts (or revert and move to a feature-branch) shouldn’t have been
> unequivocally done without dropping a note / informing everyone / building
> consensus. And no, not even a release-manager gets this free pass. Not on
> branch-2, not on trunk, not anywhere.
> - Freaking out on -1’s and reverts - we as a community need to be less
> stigmatic about -1s / reverts.

> Trunk releases:
>         This is the other important bit about huge difference of
> expectations between the two sides w.r.t trunk and branching. Till now,
> we’ve never made releases out of trunk. So in-progress features that people
> deemed to not need a feature branch could go into trunk without much
> trouble. Given that we are now making releases off trunk, I can see (a) the
> RM saying "no, don’t put in-progress stuff and (b) the contributors saying
> “no we don’t want the overhead of a branch”. I’ve raised related topics
> (but only focusing on incompatible changes) before -
> http://markmail.org/message/m6x73t6srlchywsn <
> http://markmail.org/message/m6x73t6srlchywsn> - but we never decided
> anything.
> We need to at the least force a reset of expectations w.r.t how trunk and
> small / medium / incompatible changes there are treated. We should hold off
> making a release off trunk before this gets fully discussed in the
> community and we all reach a consensus.


In essence, by moving commits to a feature branch so that we can release
from trunk is creating a "trunk-branch". :)

> > * Without a user API, there's no way for people to use it, so not much
> > advantage to having it in a release
> >
> > Since the code is separate and probably won't break any existing code, I
> > won't -1 if you want to include this in a release without a user API, but
> > again, I question the utility of including code that can't be used.
> Clearly, there are two sides to this argument. One side claims the absence
> of user-facing public / stable APIs, and that for all purposes this is
> dead-code for everyone other than the few early adopters who want to
> experiment with it. The other argument is to not put this code before a
> user API. Again, I’d discuss with fellow community members before making
> what the other side perceives as unacceptable moves.
> From 2.8.0 perspective, it shouldn’t have landed there in the first place
> - I have been pushing for a release for a while with help only from a few
> members of the community. But if you say that it has no material impact on
> the user story, having a by-default switched-off feature that *doesn’t*
> destabilize the core release, I’d be willing to let it pass.
> +Vinod

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