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Re: Moving to bzr?

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Moving to bzr?
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 14:32:37 +0000
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Hi, everybody!

On Tue, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:30:50AM -0500, Richard M Stallman wrote:
>>  Since this discussion still seems to be ongoing, do I take it to mean
>>  that there is some flexibility on this issue?

> There is a little: if bzr is not working fast enough, we will ask the
> maintainers to improve it, and wait for them to do so before we adopt
> it.  But we are not going to switch to some other version control
> system.

Can we please all accept that this decision has been made?  That we are
going to switch to bazaar, NOT to subversion, NOT to git, NOT to darcs
and NOT to mercurial.  Please?

It doesn't really matter all that much, technically, which dVCS we switch
to.  Any of them would give us advantages over CVS, and CVS works
reasonably well for us.  Emacs development is about C, Lisp, and Texinfo,
not about managing code repositories.  So let us just accept bazaar, the
only questions remaining being "when?" and "how?", and restrict mention
of other systems to things helpful for improving bazaar.

No matter how good these other VCSs are (and they are good), even if they
are better than bazaar (for whatever value of "better"), the decision has
been made.  There are too many Emacs developers to take this decision as
a democratic committee, which is why we have Richard, Stefan and Yidong
as leaders.  Making decisions stick is hard work, and it can become
exhausting, to say nothing of mind numbingly tedious, if they are
continually brought into question.  (Yes, I know I've been guilty of this

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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