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Re: another gnulib update

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: Re: another gnulib update
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 16:50:30 -0800

Hi Jim, Eric,

On 25 Feb 2007, at 15:45, Jim Meyering wrote:
Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
Eventually, when the move to git is complete, doing this will be easy - you just make a branch in your local git copy of gnulib, and base your m4
release off of that branch.

But so far, it has not been too much of an issue - I have been actively tracking gnulib often enough that when I have made releases (1.4.5 through 1.4.8b), the gnulib snapshot on the date of my release has been stable
enough for the purpose of a release.

Is there perhaps some way to cleverly tag the CVS tree of gnulib to
avoid this problem?

In CVS, not really, In git, yes. Which is why I am still anxious for the
git transition to complete.

Yes that would certainly make life considerably easier for us. I suppose that what I'm really pressing for is for gnulib itself to do that work once, rather than have all client projects make transient gnulib forks for each of
their own releases.

Right now, all of the major gnulib clients happen to track commits closely enough that it hasn't caused a problem for them yet, but I think it's only a matter of time until someone bootstraps a client release tree just after
a gnulib module they use has had untested code committed.

As you probably know, the cvs gnulib repository is now being mirrored
to the git one pretty regularly (sync'd every 30 minutes).
Maybe that is enough for you?

Browse it:


Check out a copy (my local copy is 17MB):

    git clone git://git.sv.gnu.org/gnulib

As for converting gnulib development to git, I still have some work to do:

I have to adapt the git hook I'm currently using for coreutils
(to sync the read-only CVS repository from the master git repo
with each "push") so that it works even for merges.

Oh, I didn't realise savannah was hosting git repositories now. I'll spend
some time familiarising myself with git then.

Eric, how about moving M4 into git after your next release? I've wanted to get away from CVS for several years (to the point of mirroring CVS into my
own Arch and SVK repositories)...

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