[Reportbug-maint] VCS metadata noise

Ben Finney ben+debian at benfinney.id.au
Wed Jul 2 14:15:09 UTC 2008

"Sandro Tosi" writes:

> I have no interest in bazaar, just in keep reportbug in a good
> shape, and since it seems you care about VCS log, then keep them as
> simple as possible.

I'll endeavour to do so. As we discussed earlier, it seems the
existing Bazaar interface to Subversion currently can't work without
either losing important functionality or making metadata noise.

So I intend to use it less often out of consideration for others,
until that situation improves.

> I want you to explain how Bazaar helped you to fix that bug, in a
> way SVN cannot!

That's not a claim I made, so I don't know why you're asking me to
explain it.

What I said was:

> > > > So, for this particular bad bug, I went with the tool that let
> > > > me fix the bug, rather than fighting the VCS tool.

Thus, it was the fact that I used a VCS tool that I didn't have to
fight with which enabled me to focus my workflow on fixing the bug.

(If it's this that you want to discuss, I doubt we need to go over it
here. There are innumerable discussions online about the merits of
different VCSes. My only point here is that *for me* it was much
simpler to use Bazaar than the Subversion client.)

Since fixing this particular bug quickly and properly was (in my
assessment) quite important, I decided to use the tools that would get
me there with the least friction. The tradeoff was that the friction
was deferred to the commit into the Subversion repository, with the
result being this thread.

That tradeoff is unlikely to be attractive in most cases, so you're
unlikely to see this happen much in future.

I hope that explains; if not, it may be better to take this discussion
off-list for now.

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Ben Finney

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