[webkit-dev] Moving to Git?

Pablo Flouret pablof at motorola.com
Fri Mar 9 15:16:23 PST 2012

On Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:47:17 -0800, Gustavo Noronha Silva <gns at gnome.org>  

> I tend to think there is little or no benefit to switching to git while
> keeping all of the project workflow in place. The fact that we would
> want to keep a simple history with no merges in it pretty much defeat
> any benefit that could be had. I think using git only makes sense if we
> adopt git workflows, which would mean people would post git branches
> for review instead of patches, and those branches would then get merged.

I agree.
I've lived through a large-scale git migration (from CVS, though, so it  
had literally zero opposition from people, the big issue was  
infrastructure constraints), and one of the greatest benefits was the  
breadth of workflows git allows to choose from, so if people are mostly  
happy with the current workflow, then "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"  
probably applies.

Otherwise, the question might be how much easier would it be to experiment  
with new workflows if we got rid of subversion altogether. Or if people  
want to think about new workflows at all, for that matter.

> Tbh, I am much more interested in doing away with ChangeLogs than in
> feeling good about using git push instead of git svn dcommit. If we
> could find a way around ChangeLogs while keeping svn, then I would be an
> even happier panda than I am today =).


pablo flouret
motorola | webkit / browser team

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