[webkit-dev] Branch for Gtk/Gdk port

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Fri Feb 23 15:16:18 PST 2007

Since Krzysztof has been doing most of the work to maintain the  
WebKit Gdk port, I'd like to defer to his opinion on this.

- Maciej

On Feb 23, 2007, at 2:58 PM, Krzysztof Kowalczyk wrote:

> Speaking purely for myself, not the webkit team...
> Fixing compilation issues due to refactoring changes is trivial. In
> the past I can recall only one issue that required me to spend
> non-trivial amount of time figuring out a fix for a change due to
> refactoring. So a branch doesn't make a difference for that.
> The problem is that at any given time there usually are just 0 or 1
> people actively working on gdk port. If the number is 0, the port is
> usually broken. If the number is 1 then port usually works. So the
> solution is to have at least 1 person working on gdk port i.e.
> attracting more people that make fixes and submit the patches. Given
> that in recent times gdk port has been stable and that didn't attract
> new contributions, I don't see how a branch will make a difference.
> And finally, a branch that isolates from changes in trunk causes you
> much more pain during merge and based on my past experience of doing
> merges from hell after working on a branch, it's not at all clear to
> me that this is a win. You trade a series of small, short pains for a
> big, long pain.
> -- kjk
> On 2/23/07, Juan Antonio Suarez Romero <jasuarez at igalia.com> wrote:
>> Hi all, webkiters ;-)
>> In some posts I read some issues about the Gtk/Gdk port. In one, I  
>> read
>> about the posibility of creating a branch for this port.
>> What about this idea?.
>> IMHO having a stable branch in which send the contributions about  
>> this
>> port is very confortable.
>> This branch should allow to work only in the gtk/gdk contributions,
>> using a "stable" version of the repository. It's very unpleased  
>> that the
>> port compiles one day, but not the next, due to contributions done to
>> other ports.
>> Also, this branch should allow more people can contribute to the  
>> port,
>> as having a stable release makes easier the "study" of the system,
>> without every day something changes.
>> And finally, this branch should allow the building of a stable and
>> functional WebKitGtk system. The integration with the trunk should be
>> more quickly, adding the parts that are not implemented. In this way,
>> the trunk should contain functional ports.
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