[webkit-dev] Re: Should we consider switching to git over svn?

Mike Hommey mh+webkit at glandium.org
Tue Oct 9 22:54:43 PDT 2007

On Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 03:15:52AM +0100, Alp Toker wrote:
> Thumbs up on this one. git certainly has the potential to make WebKit 
> development more accessible and transparent.
> It might be worth talking with other large projects that have migrated from 
> CVS or SVN (like xorg, freedesktop.org, wine) to see if they have any 
> useful commit history post-processing scripts or general hindsight advice.
> I've found that the point of migration is a good opportunity to scrub 
> project history a little. For example, I've written a tool (used in a 
> previous migration) that extracts authorship and reviewed-by information 
> from the commit logs and turns them into git's equivalent AUTHOR_ID, 
> COMMITTER_ID and Signed-off-by fields, cleaning up the commit log messages 
> as it goes and optionally eliminating all modifications to the "ChangeLog" 
> files. This makes the history retro-actively far more useful, making it 
> easier to revert old patches, do bisection searches, review old patches in 
> a new light etc. It's kind of like discovering a history you never knew 
> your project had ;-)

Signed-off-by should be for the patch author. For reviewers, it should be
Acked-by for reviewers, or Reviewed-by when that appears for real [1]

My 2cts,


1. http://kerneltrap.org/Linux/Defining_the_Reviewed-by_Tag

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