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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Allowing git repos to automatically push t

From: Ian Kelling
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Allowing git repos to automatically push to$PROJECT
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:52:42 -0400
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Bob Proulx <> writes:

> Hello Daniel,
> I will apologize to everyone here for being mostly absent from the
> mailing lists the past few months.  I have been overbooked and needed
> to shed load and keeping up with the mailing lists was part of the
> load that got shed.  Sorry.
> Karl Berry wrote:
>> Project maintainers on savannah cannot create their own git repos.  They
>> have send email/submit a support request.  (This is a constant thorn in
>> everyone's side.)
> Yes.  It would be super awesome if the web UI had an interface for
> project maintainers to create sub project git repositories.  The only
> reason this hasn't been a serious problem is that there really are not
> that many requests for this.  And once they get created then there is
> no more maintenance needed.
>> I guess your proposal is intended to avoid any work being necessary on
>> the Savannah side. I can understand that goal.
> Yes.  But...  I think it is starting from the wrong end of things.
> Certainly checking out web pages with git is the easy part of the
> problem.  And if that were the only problem then one might consider
> that it would already have been done at some point.  Instead the hard
> part of the problem is to modify the web UI and the associated
> database tables to handle project maintainers selecting their version
> control system choice for web pages.  That's the bit of work that is
> needed to make this happen.
>> All that said, let me just say that the interface that seems cleanest to
>> me would be to change to take an additional option to specify the
>> web repository VC type, say "-R cvs" or "-R git".
> Very small note.  For curl it would probably be a form entry option as
> is currently used for the other options.  So probably "-F vcs=git" or
> "-F vcs=git" or "-F vcs=svn" or default to "-F vcs=cvs" or some such
> to pass through.
>> Then, on the savannah side, git would have to be supported as a backend
>> for web repos as well as cvs (database work, UI work). On the fsf side,
>> it would be a matter of running git commands instead of cvs commands,
>> but following exactly the same pattern.
> There are only three magic numbers: Zero, One, and Many.  Currently
> there is support for One.  To change that then we need to support
> Many.  Therefore some web UI work will be needed to allow project
> maintainers to select their web backend system of choice.  Because in
> yesteryear it was cvs.  Right now it is git.  But svn and hg people
> feel just as strongly about their vcs of choice.
> As it turns out I am out on holiday away from my house and the
> networking here has just turned from pretty bad to really terrible.
> I will have to leave this here and send it off and hope that it
> transmits.
> Bob

Yes, all this sounds good, hopefully we will get there. Website cvs
repos are under the domain, whereas non-website
cvs repos are at Should we create an analogous
domain: ? 

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