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Re: Moving to bzr?

From: Will Farrington
Subject: Re: Moving to bzr?
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:51:16 -0500

It is important to note that it's best to have an ecosystem where one's method of version control doesn't hinder development.

Nevertheless, I agree with your sentiments: there are much more important issues pertinent to Emacs (rather than merely how the source code is stored) at the moment than to be drudging up old arguments.

On Jan 6, 2009, at 9:32 AM, Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> wrote:

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

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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