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From "Jesse McConnell" <jmcconn...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [scm] Version control tools for contributors
Date Wed, 23 Apr 2008 20:02:08 GMT
I won't address the individual points, just generally explain what I mean
since I think its pretty basic.

It breaks down to how the tools are going to be used.  Obviously, if the
changesets being consumed by a project are small and often then its really
not that big a deal either way.  Processing large patches or changesets are
always a big deal and the intent behind many GSoC projects are nontrivial,
sizable chunks of code.  How the student (or anyone) is presented with the
environment on which they work is an important factor to consider.  It
doesn't matter if the conduit for these things making it back into the
project are patches attached to jiras or distributed scm's the onus is on
whoever is reviewing them to do the right thing.  People can be careless
with either system.

If apache is going to go through the process of setting up an infrastructure
to promote non-merit based scm backed contribution then I think it makes
sense to

a) sandbox that contribution
b) make review of contributions as simple and as safe as possible

As for killer use cases, I think it has been this list that has had a number
of mails back and forth talking about broader use of different types of
scm's and how that would work at apache.  I was just saying that I don't see
this as the 'everyone should do it this way' place to use distributed scms
which is what the a thru d of this mail was discussing...

I have nothing against distributed scm, they are awesome, I am just saying
that that being the way all gsoc contributions should be processed seems
dangerous to me which was the purpose of this thread (at least I thought so)


On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 2:27 PM, Santiago Gala <sgala@apache.org> wrote:

> El mar, 22-04-2008 a las 15:36 -0500, Jesse McConnell escribió:
> (...)
> > > d) Distributed SCM. Contributors could use tools like git-svn (or even
> > > svn vendor branches with some manual overhead) to manage their own
> > > source repositories where they could manage their work and push things
> > > back to the Apache projects in more meaningful chunks.
> > >
> >
> > problem I see here is in consuming the results of the GSoC work into the
> > project.  This would almost encourage the short term developer to tweak
> I don't understand what do you mean. I have been using git-svn for a
> couple of projects (basically the global apache site and shindig) and it
> is trivial to produce and consume
> > api's or code that maybe they shouldn't really be touching (if I just
> tweak
> > this one thing it makes life so much easier) and increases the potential
> for
> huh? Why is a tool encouraging "tweaking api's (sic) or code"? Why
> wouldn't they "tweak apis or code" if they use emacs, for instance? I
> junt don't follow.
> > potentially dangerous changes to slip in via a careless review.  Sure
> that
> careless review? Who is doing the careless review? Once a git
> repository, that has the (updated) svn trunk + the coder branches out of
> svn is judged ready, the work can be either committed as a whole chunk
> or in a set of revisions. git offers excellent support for inspecting
> differences, can merge very well and has the ability to redo the history
> of commits until they can be committed to the "master" subversion
> repository.
> > should be caught by whatever kind of mentor they have, but I wonder if
> this
> > is the 'killer use case' that people are looking for to get distributed
> > scm's into broader use at apache.
> >
> Nobody that I know is looking for a "killer use case". As far as I can
> tell we are trying to use tools (traditional and new tools) in useful
> ways, and get more/better work done, with whatever tools. Obviously I
> would not recommend to use git-svn/git for a GSoC project unless both
> the mentor and the student have some experience, I would use something
> simpler like mercurial or even bazaar if they have experience in those,
> etc.
> Regards
> Santiago
> > cheers,
> >
> > jesse
> --
> Santiago Gala
> http://memojo.com/~sgala/blog/ <http://memojo.com/%7Esgala/blog/>

jesse mcconnell
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