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Re: GNA is down...

From: Fred Kiefer
Subject: Re: GNA is down...
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:53:15 +0100
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On 11.02.2012 19:23, Riccardo Mottola wrote:
Gregory Casamento wrote:
GNA is still down. I'm wondering if we shouldn't explore
alternatives at this point.

In either case once it does come back I'm going to set up another svn
repo locally that pulls the latest every day so that we always have an
up to date copy of the repo.

a read-only back-up server? thinkable. It would also offer an extra
back-up in case the hosting guys screw something up (remember the havoc
they did with savannah? )

I wonder if savannah could be set up for it.

GNA is still not working. I don't see the point of providing a read only SVN repository somewhere else. At least at the moment we have almost up to date packages, which users should prefer anyway. The problem as I see it is more for developers not being able to commit back their changes. And here only a distributed version control system can help. Up to now I have resisted this step, as it costs extra effort for all developers to move to the new system. But not this step seems worthwhile as it avoids the single point of failure that we have now. We still could have the main git repository on GNA (If they offer it, this is hard to check at the moment) and maybe a backup at Savannah. The big benefit would be that even without these two servers we could keep on working and could set up a new temporary repository for the exchange of our changes.

The Etoile people should have a lot of experience with git already. maybe they even have some clever scripts to transfer the current SVN repository into a git one. And most of all we would need a good tutorial to get old fashioned developers like me up to speed with git.

Of course this change will have to wait until GNA is up and working again. But at least we should make up our mind now while we cannot commit and most work on GNUstep is stalled.


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