[webkit-dev] Idea for comments: Using Git to manage some WebKit platform ports

Daniel Zucker zucker at wake3.com
Fri Apr 11 09:43:49 PDT 2008

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for forwarding to the list.  I meant to send it there originally, but
it accidentally got sent only to you.

One additionally point is that by hosting ports with the main webkit trunk
then all ports are treated equally by WebKit policy concerning review,
committers, etc.

For individually hosted Git ports, this is not the case.


On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 9:37 AM, Ryan Leavengood <leavengood at gmail.com>

> Daniel only responded to me personally (the strange way this list
> works I guess), so hopefully he won't mind a public response:
> On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 12:21 PM, Daniel Zucker <zucker at wake3.com> wrote:
> > Perhaps one possible negative to this is that there would now be
> definite
> > resource requirements to host a port.  Specifically, a new port would
> need
> > to both host a git server (requiring hardware and bandwidth),
> This is a reasonable point, but fortunately there are places like
> http://gitorious.org/ and http://github.com that can host open source
> Git repos for free.
> > and also actively migrate patches to this port as they are developed.
> True, but *someone* would have to do that work either way, and it is
> probably a better use of resources to have the person with a real
> stake in and understanding of the port doing the work rather than some
> of the other WebKit developers who have deeper concerns in the main
> codebase and the larger ports.
> > In the case of ports integrated directly into the main WebKit trunk,
> neither
> > of these are required:  the port code would be hosted at webkit.org, and
> no
> > one needs to actively port patches over since they are maintained in the
> > main webkit trunk.
> See above point about maintaining ports.
> > Personally, I think the increased resource requirements in the case
> where
> > new ports all have their own git repository would make it difficult for
> > people without a lot of time or money to do new ports.
> Time will be required either way, believe you me ;)
> Money shouldn't be a big problem because of the above services. Plus
> if a port really becomes that popular it could always be merged back
> into the main repo.
> Regards,
> Ryan
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