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Git Migration

We intend to switch to Git at some point in the near future. This is a collection of links and resources about transitioning from svn to git so I don't forget them.


Missing Stuff

  • pre-commit permissions-handling hooks
  • svn username → realname+email mapping
    • We have one of these for the git-svn repos, but people might not want the email I picked to be the one used.

Open Questions (please discuss!)

  • The big one: do we really want to do this? Are there any legitimate objections or reasons why we shouldn't switch to git?
    • I obviously think this is the right way to go, but maybe there are convincing reasons to the contrary. — Brian Tarricone 2009/04/19 14:51
    • I prefer a DVCS over CVCS, since it allows me to use VC features when I do not have access to an inet connection. I don't have a particular preference for git, prolly any DVCS will do. — Stephan Arts 2009/04/20 12:16
    • Note that hg, bzr, mtn, etc. aren't really on the table. They're all fine VCSes, but it's clear that the majority of people who commit actively are familiar with and like git.
  • Do we continue to have separate trees for 'xfce' and 'goodies', or do we just have one big tree?
    • Personally, I'd prefer one big tree, and the apps that comprise the core Xfce releases is independent of that. — Brian Tarricone 2009/04/19 14:51
    • I'd also prefer one big tree. With SVN we just had two repositories (xfce, goodies) but with git each component will have its own repository anyway. It's just a matter of which URL to use to check them out then. — Jannis Pohlmann 2009/04/19 15:24
    • I'm ok with that too, as long as we can still separate the permissions. How are the po permissions handled in git, is it possible to set this on directory level? — Nick Schermer 2009/04/19 18:55
      • Git has no support for access control. If we want fine-grained permissions we'll have to implement an access control script in one of the hooks that can reject a commit. — Jannis Pohlmann 2009/04/19 23:37
    • I prefer one big tree too, I don't see a good reason why we should split that up. — Stephan Arts 2009/04/20 12:16
  • How do we handle per-user repos – i want to allow people to create throwaway repos or just host “middle ground” stuff that's somewhat Xfce/Gtk/whatever-related, but maybe not quite “Xfce enough” to be in the main repo? (e.g., see cgit.fd.o; scroll down a bit to see the ~ repos.)
    • Possibly we'd do this with a Gitorious instance, but need to investigate more. This can be punted to later. — Brian Tarricone 2009/04/19 14:51
    • I would prefer the freedesktop way for this. Xfce core components start with xfce/{xfwm4,xfdesktop,xfce4-panel,thunar,…}, goodies/… and ~nick/something. — Nick Schermer 2009/04/19 18:55