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  • The Debate Over GCC's SVN-to-Git Conversion Approach Won't Be Settled This Year

    Phoronix: The Debate Over GCC's SVN-to-Git Conversion Approach Won't Be Settled This Year

    The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) plans for transitioning from SVN to Git over New Year's Day looks like for sure now that goal will not be realized. There still is no firm consensus over which SVN to Git conversion approach to utilize...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ot-Yet-Settled

  • #2
    The data I'm seeing in differences between my and reposurgeon conversions shows that gcc-reparent conversion is /better/. I suggest that GCC community adopts either gcc-pretty or gcc-reparent conversion.
    Since when did this become a competition? Just pick one, and fix any issues afterwards.

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    • #3
      Why is it even so important to convert the whole history in its entirety?
      Version control is primarily a tool for efficient development going forward. Archaeologists can use the old repository if desired.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Veto View Post
        Why is it even so important to convert the whole history in its entirety?
        Version control is primarily a tool for efficient development going forward. Archaeologists can use the old repository if desired.
        Stop being reasonable and realize that you have to please every need of every developer ever.

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        • #5
          This is ridiculous at this point. Just do it already and present it as a fait accompli.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Veto View Post
            Why is it even so important to convert the whole history in its entirety?
            Version control is primarily a tool for efficient development going forward. Archaeologists can use the old repository if desired.
            Because you need to be able to search history to track down the origin of a bug, the reason why a change was introduced, to perform a bisection while looking for a regression, to be able to backport patches to older branches... I could go on for a while. For large projects having accurate and functioning history in your VCS is extremely important.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by brainlet_pederson

              So ESR can brag about his "achievement" and use it to justify inserting himself into other conversion efforts in the future (perhaps with more free hardware or consulting fees).
              ESR is going to do that anyway. His ego won't let him do anything less. If he gets rebuffed he'll whine about it on his blogs how he was wronged when he tried to help.

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              • #8
                Shall we start placing bets on whether this happens before or after Star Citizen launches?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bachchain View Post
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                  Since when did this become a competition? Just pick one, and fix any issues afterwards.
                  Well, it was a vaporware boast for 2 years, then Maxim came along and wrote his scripts using like 1/8 of the time, then ESR panicked and started trying to actually deliver something instead of pulling the perpetual bait and switch. They're at similar levels of completion, but Maxim's stuff has been sitting around waiting for ESR to finish being "almost done" for like half a year. And then ESR said it was totally ready to grab the spotlight again butit wasn't, so he's boasting and patronizing on the ML while the Rube Goldberg machine of indentured elves that make up the reposurgeon team is scurrying around to fix all the problems popping up. ESR's like some type of Dystopian Feudal Lord Santa that's here to deliver broken toys on others' backs. Maxim's had to apply some fixes, too, but they're quick turnarounds, and some were config changes or automated build issues.

                  I scanned the ML posts for my daily dose of indignation. It seems like Joseph wants to prioritize the reposurgeon thing if it can work, followed by Maxim's, followed by a third option. But that might be based on the deliverable date. I think he just wants to believe that the time wasn't wasted, and not discourage all the people ESR snagged to do his work. I think very little of ESR and his ALM / competency / work ethic (as well as his words, character and general attitude), so I don't really want to see him land this at this point because he'll boast about it again and use it to insert himself elsewhere and waste more time. But I'm not the one picking. Honestly, just having him out of my news feed would be great.

                  Regardless of whether Maxim's solution is picked in the end, I still think the only reason the reposurgeon solution ever picked up speed is because he threatened it with a few weeks of work. He's like some kind of ESR Jesus - Maxim POCed to save us from [ESR's] sins.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by brainlet_pederson
                    Please spare us the ESR-style self-marketing fluff...
                    There is no marketing in my claims, just real world experience. I've been a Firefox developer for 8 years and we worked hard to preserve history through the various conversions and make it available through external tools because it is important. If you'll ever work on a large codebase dating back decades - and GCC is one of the oldest out there - you'll appreciate it.

                    The conversion is proving to be hard because the original itself is full of botched history, thanks to the sloppiness of SVN/CVS. In the (very rare) event they need the exact, original history, they can just go back and work on the SVN repo directly.
                    That's neither simple nor convenient and it just doesn't work if you're using automated tools.

                    Maxim's conversion has been ready since summer and is basically as good as it needs to be for day-to-day work. At this point, for ESR, it's just about pumping up his ego and justifying his future self-aggrandizement as a "world-renowned VCS conversion expert".
                    I do not know this person but I don't see why an ad-hominem attack on him would convince me that preserving history when switching VCS isn't important.

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