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From Patricia Shanahan <p...@acm.org>
Subject Re: [Discussion] Switch to Git?
Date Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:11:48 GMT


On 9/17/2017 9:04 AM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
> On 14/09/2017 Dave Fisher wrote:
>> does SVN vs. GIT prevent new developers from volunteering?
> 
> I think this is the key question, even though there are many good points 
> also in what others replied.
> 
> We currently have a couple semi-official GIT mirrors: one on Github in 
> the ASF organization page and the internal one Herbert pointed out. I 
> also remember that Herbert once presented a big GIT repository he had 
> built with all the available history of the OpenOffice code, but I don't 
> know if it is available somewhere.
> 
> I believe that the interested developers (including me, at times) use 
> the git-svn tool when convenient. I think that this is enough to allow 
> the local workflow improvements Damjan was requesting. Or do you see 
> reasons not to use it?
> 
> As for the new developers, most new developers are probably familiar 
> with the "pull request" convention. This is not supported by either of 
> the current repositories, mostly due to ASF policy. Last time I checked, 
> Infra was still discussing how we can allow pull requests in a way that 
> complies with the policy and I have no idea whether this is resolved. 
> Once we have official support from Infra and a friendly pull request 
> system, this might indeed improve the approach for new developers.

The big new developer issue may be lack of Subversion experience. Git 
seems to be the repository-of-the-decade. In the past, people have 
stopped learning about older repositories, so new developers only know 
the current winner.

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