[webkit-dev] Git Familiarity (was ChangeLog)

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Mon Jul 6 01:51:06 PDT 2009

On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 10:22 PM, Justin Haygood <jhaygood at reaktix.com>wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Benjamin Meyer" <ben at meyerhome.net>
> To: "WebKit Development" <webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org>
> Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 11:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] Git Familiarity (was ChangeLog)
>> At least on Windows I use mysygit myself (
>> http://code.google.com/p/msysgit/ )  From the project description:
>> "Historically, Git on Windows was  only officially supported using Cygwin.
>> To help make a native Windows  version, this project was started, based on
>> the fork."
> Still has the following problems:
> 1. No Windows integrated UI. Windows is very UI driven, and all of the
> development tools are UI based. Why should I open up a command line to do
> VCS stuff? I don't have to open up a command line now.
> 2. No Visual Studio integration. Subversion not only has TortoiseSVN, but
> there's AnkhSVN that lets you manage it entirely inside Visual Studio.

The official instructions for getting and building WebKit involve things run
from the command prompt.  I agree that there are plenty of Windows based
developers who would not be comfortable using a command line, but I find it
hard to believe that there are many hacking on WebKit.  And, if they are,
they're probably savvy enough to write MSVC++ macros.

For what it's worth, I support switching to git.  It certainly will be
painful for some, but I think it'll be a win before long.  That said, I also
think Maciej is right and that there are some bigger fish to fry at the

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