[webkit-dev] Merging the iOS port to svn.webkit.org (Re: WebCore and interlocking threads)
pkasting at google.com
Sat Feb 9 15:48:09 PST 2013
On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> There are certainly pros and cons to merging. It would be great get input
> from the broader WebKit community on the tradeoff of merging sooner vs
> avoidance of weird legacy code in the main tree. In the meantime, we'll
> stick to merging things that are not overly controversial as much as we can.
For what my opinion is worth (probably near zero for a lot of you), I would
like to see you guys merge sooner rather than later, even if it leads to
awkwardness that needs cleanup. Over the years there has been a nonzero
amount of friction due to the iOS port not being upstreamed, and I think it
would be beneficial to WebKit as a whole to fix that sooner rather than
later. And it seems more likely to me that "upstream first, then decide
how to re-architect as needed" is going to result in high-quality
discussions and designs, as opposed to "figure out in private how to
re-architect before upstreaming", which runs the risk of just never
bothering to upstream at all.
There is real compromise, and perhaps humility, needed from all sides to
make such a task successful. I am reminded of Eric's recent email where he
pleaded for more of an explicit effort to civility towards each other.
Perhaps this is an opportunity for us to practice that effort.
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