[parisc-linux] CVS rumors
Thu, 12 Jul 2001 00:42:25 -0400
Paul Bame wrote:
> CM best practices usually involve explicitly tagging any release one
> hopes to reproduce in the future and we could start doing that (I recommend
> it). For now either we apply the aforementioned workaround so we can
> do untagged date-based checkouts, or I can come up with a procedure for
> grabbing a suitable set of bits.
Tags are cheap. Explicitly tagging at important moments is the way to
go. Relying on a date-based checkout is potentially less accurate, so
IMO this shouldn't be the common practice. There's no harm in adding a
static tag, and you can always remove it or possibly fix it up if you
get it wrong.
> = I don't understand why we're using vendor branches at all though. When
> = mang was doing CVS God duties, he imported Linus' stuff on an ordinary
> = branch. What is the advantage of using vendor branches over ordinary ones?
> Vendor branches are both a concept and an implementation. The
> implementation sucks but the concept -- keeping clean upstream releases
> on a separate branch -- to me is a good one and is one of the things
> CVS does quite well.
> safe-cvsimport essentially doesn't use the vendor branch *implementation*
> (aka, how 'cvs import' would do it) but it does use the vendor branch
> *concept*. So safe-cvsimport is attempting to automate what mang did
> by hand.
Writing an import script was one of those things I always meant to do in
my copious spare time. I'm glad to see that someone is actually doing
the work :) Where does the code for safe-cvsimport live?
> = > For now I'll be
> = > happy to consult and/or fix problems which result from safe-cvsimport.
> = No offence, but every time we've done a new import, we've discovered new
> = and excitingly different problems which have taken some time to be fixed.
All the more reason to roll the solutions found to these problems into a
script. Proper importing by hand is rather tedious and prone to
operator error. Also, any extra time spent fully understanding the
problems and finding a robust solution will be regained over the
following merges or if the cvs wrangler moves on to a different project
-- hypothetically, of course ;)
> = I'm extremely nervous about using it while you're gone.
> In the linux tree I echo your concern and there's really no way to be
> rid of the vestiges of upstream imports which came into the trunk unless
> we reinitialize our archive. That plus the current brokenness of not
> removing files which were removed upstream makes me think that
> unless I do future imports, they might better be done "by
> hand" on the "linus" branch, which I call a vendor branch though it
> is not a cvs-style-broken-vendor-branch any longer.
I'd avoid using the term "vendor branch", since that already has a
specific meaning to savvy CVS users (who will rightly criticize their
use). Calling it something like the "upstream branch" would avoid the
overloaded meaning. I haven't been following things enough to know what
the issues related to "the vestiges of upstream imports" are.