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[Axiom-developer] Re: Which source distributions should we list?

From: daly
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Re: Which source distributions should we list?
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 00:31:43 -0500


> I fear that since build-improvements is cloned from the current
> trunk and wh-sandbox is cloned from build-improvements, there
> might be some considerable loss in "mergibility" if we were to
> just "pull the rug out from under them" so as to speak and
> wholesale replace trunk with the contents of the current git
> repository.

Eh? I don't see any reason to change trunk.  Perhaps Waldek can do a
merge back to Gaby's branch.  Then Gaby can do a merge back to trunk.
At that point trunk can be diff-Naur-ed against silver and the changes
ported. Although they are maintained publicly the build-improvements
and wh-sandbox branches are private code branches.

Since both build-improvements and wh-sandbox have large changes from
the original trunk the effort involved can only be done by them. 

I don't understand the fundamental change that was made to the
build system (autoconf). I really need to understand it because
I build it and modify it on a regular basis. The only viable path
will be for Gaby to extract, document, test, and export the
changeset necessary to make this happen. Right now it lives on 
his private branch.

> Anyway as I understand it, right now Tim is manually updating 
> both the git repository on axiom-developer and the "daly" branch
> on SVN in parallel. That does not sound like a particularly
> enlightened approach to me :-( 

No, it's not a particularly enlightened approach. However it is
the "most accommodating" to the needs of the various people. It
does not force any decision (which is not possible anyway). I'm
open to different choices and try to take the middle way. We
started on CVS, expanded onto Arch. We added SVN last year and
I've added git this year. 

It really matters much less than we think since all of these
systems work perfectly well with diff and patch.

> There's got to be a better way, right?

Why? Even Linus has to deal with multiple systems. I understand
that not all of his "lieutenants" use git and that some still
send him tgz files.


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