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Re: coreutils-6.5 released (stable)

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: coreutils-6.5 released (stable)
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 14:56:27 +0100

Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> According to Jim Meyering on 11/21/2006 3:28 AM:
>>> How about putting that stable snapshot in the repository?
>> Yes, whatever we use should be publicly accessible.
>> I hope a tag or a branch will be enough.
> Is it worth applying that tag directly to gnulib?  If so, I would also
> like to reuse the m4-1_4_8 tag in gnulib to match what I just released in M4.

That's what I meant.
However, tags in CVS are relatively expensive, since
they affect every single affected ,v file.  And if every project
that uses gnulib starts applying its own release tags, ...

Contrast that with modern distributed version control systems (git,
mercurial) where tags are very cheap both in time-to-apply and in
repository space.

I'm tempted to set up a gnulib mirror (to git), and then
to use tags in the git repository.  Just being able to compute
diffs without network latency would be very welcome.

I did hesitate before asking this, but... :-)
Would anyone be averse to switching gnulib development from CVS to git?
I switched coreutils a month ago and am very happy with the result.

For now, I think it's enough to specify a gnulib snapshot
via date/time that can then be used to checkout the precise
sources used to bootstrap.

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