Collaboration (was Re: [webkit-dev] Pulling together on WebKit Mobile)
mrowe at apple.com
Fri Jan 11 12:14:22 PST 2008
[This is drifting far from Alp's original email. I hope the points he
raised are not overlooked due to discussion on this very tangential
On 12/01/2008, at 06:55, Mike Emmel wrote:
> And its a good way to allow developers to build up a work history to
> ask for main commit rights.
We already have a well-defined policy for how this is handled, <http://webkit.org/coding/commit-review-policy.html
>. I don't see what hosting git repositories has to do with
Subversion commit access.
> I have a patch for example to allow the gtk webkit to run on OSX. But
> its a workaround for a bug in the cairo OSX port.
> I'd like to be able to get the patch public and work with the cairo
> OSX port maintainer to explain why I did what I did
> and what he could do to cairo to fix OSX cairo.
> Without a public work area this sort of problem is difficult to work
> Assuming cairo is fixed then we would need to figure out version info
> for the OSX port of GTK etc etc.
I've found email works really well for discussing patches in the
past. Indeed, that's what we use for a lot of patch discussion
inside Apple. Would an "official", public git repository make this
easier? Possibly. A git repository for collaboration is a nicety,
but hardly a necessity. As Oliver mentioned, it is not at all
difficult to publish your own public git repository.
> Being able to run the OSX port and the gtk port at the same time on
> OSX is a nice feature.
> Other open source ports such as QT might want a similar workspace for
> similar problems.
Staikos Computing Services provides something similar to what you
describe for those collaborating on the Qt port, <http://trac.webkit.org/projects/webkit/wiki/QtWebKitContrib
>. While I would prefer it were hosted somewhere more
"official" (eg, git.webkit.org alongside the git mirror of SVN), I
have heard very few requests for this from outside the Qt developer
community. It is something I am interested in doing in the future,
but it takes planning and time that I can better spend elsewhere at
> As of now the patch sits in my git tree unsubmitted.
Do you consider using git to be a requirement for you to contribute at
all to WebKit?
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