[php-maint] pre-approval of new upload of php5:(was: [RFC] Gentoo patches)

sean finney seanius at debian.org
Tue Jan 13 17:45:14 UTC 2009

hi thijs,

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:33:38AM +0100, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Tue, January 13, 2009 07:42, sean finney wrote:
> >> Completely offtopic: what about moving to git?
> >>
> >
> > i'm completely for it, fwiw.
> I won't be blocking this but I'm a bit skeptical. Every year there seems
> to be a new revision control system trend that we need to convert
> everything to. Arch, Bazaar, Git, what will we be converting to new next
> year? Meanwhile I have not encountered any serious problem with operating
> on the pkg-php repository as-is so I'm not sure what the goal is.

my main issue with subversion is that merging is intolerable.  the majority of
the work i've been doing in php lately has been backporting and merging changes
to lenny/etch versions, which is incredibly time consuming and error-prone
with svn.  i'd even go so far as to say that it's been a demotivating factor
for working on the phpN packages.

other stuff off the top of my head:

- importing new patches in the ./debian-only svn repo is a PITA
- reviewing activity in svn is difficult (i.e. global log)
- it's slooooow
- full offline access to the repo with git

but i digress.

> One thing that annoys me with git is that I get sent (e.g. in the security
> team) git-bundles or links to repositories that just plain crash when
> unpacking on stable. Git seems to work when everyone works with the latest
> sid tools, but if you don't...?

personally i've very rarely needed to build packages with git/etc from
anything other than sid (i use chroots and git-buildpackage for etch/lenny/etc).

in an ideal world for me, the non-phpN packages (i.e. pear stuff) could
stay in svn if their maintainers desired so, and then we could have a
read-only git-svn mirror to replace the php5 trunk/tags/branches.

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