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Re: Updating a package's gnulib files in CVS

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Updating a package's gnulib files in CVS
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 01:53:12 +0000

(Sorry about my tardiness in replying; also, moved bug-gnulib to BCC
and added bug-findutils)

On Nov 27, 2007 12:06 PM, Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
> I'm feel about CVS the way I've felt about K&R C for years now.
> It's worth supporting if doing so is really easy (i.e., "automatic"), but
> when it starts to require too much extra work, then I leave it behind.
> If you're interested in switching findutils to git -- or even just
> mirroring cvs-to-git for starters, let me know and I'll set it up.

I dipped my toe in the waters this spring, by using git at repo.or.cz
to support the Google Summer of Code.   That worked OK, so I have
progressed to using a private git repository to organise patches
before mailing them to address@hidden   Once they've had
an airing there (Eric being the principal reviewer) I apply them to
the Savannah CVS repository.   Then I use git-cvsimport to update
repo.or.cz and my local git repositories.

My experience has been positive.   I still can't always visualise the
effect of a git command before running it, but I've had remarkably few
"Drat.  Now what do I do?" moments.   Based on this I am reasonably
content to plan to migrate from CVS to git.   However, before doing
that I want to concentrate my available efforts to releasing
findutils-4.4.0.  This will allow me to create a fresh development
branch and fold the Summer of Code contributions into it.    They're
valuable but potentially destabilising, so I don't want to merge them
into the current relatively stable 4.3.x tree.


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