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From Pat Ferrel <>
Subject Re: Proposal for changing Mahout's Git branching rules
Date Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:30:44 GMT
It hasn't been often but I’ve been bit by it and had to ask users of a dependent project
to checkout a specific commit, nasty. 

The main affect would be to automation efforts that are currently wip.

On Apr 22, 2017, at 10:25 AM, Andrew Musselman <> wrote:

I've worked in shops where that was the standard flow, in hg or git, and it
worked great. I'm in favor of it especially as we add contributors and make
it easier for people to submit new work.

Have we had that many times when master got messed up? I don't recall more
than a few, but in any case the master/dev branch approach is solid.

On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 10:06 AM, Pat Ferrel <> wrote:

> I’ve been introduced to what is now being called git-flow, which at it’s
> simplest is just a branching strategy with several key benefits. The most
> important part of it is that the master branch is rock solid all the time
> because we use the “develop” branch for integrating Jiras, PRs, features,
> etc. Any “rock solid” bit can be cherry-picked and put into master or
> hot-fixes that fix a release but still require a source build.
> Key features of git-flow:
> The master becomes stable and can be relied on to be stable. It is
> generally equal to the last release with only stable or required exceptions.
> Develop is where all the integration and potentially risky work happens.
> It is where most PRs are targeted.
> A release causes develop to be merged with master and so it maintains the
> stability of master.
> The benefits of git-flow are more numerous but also seem scary because the
> explanation can be complex. I’ve switched all my projects and Apache
> PredictionIO is where I was introduced to this, and it is actually quite
> easy to manage and collaborate with this model. We just need to take the
> plunge by creating a persistent branch in the Apache git repo called
> “develop”. From then on all commits will go to “develop” and all PRs should
> be created against it. Just after a release is a good time for this.
> <
> What say you all?

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