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Re: Vendor branches on sourceware.org's binutils-gdb repo
- From: Joel Brobecker <brobecker at adacore dot com>
- To: Michael Matz <matz at suse dot de>
- Cc: Aaro Koskinen <aaro dot koskinen at iki dot fi>, Sergio Durigan Junior <sergiodj at redhat dot com>, Edjunior Barbosa Machado <emachado at linux dot vnet dot ibm dot com>, GDB <gdb at sourceware dot org>, Binutils <binutils at sourceware dot org>, Peter Bergner <bergner at vnet dot ibm dot com>, Tulio Magno Quites Machado Filho <tuliom at linux dot vnet dot ibm dot com>
- Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:47:20 -0700
- Subject: Re: Vendor branches on sourceware.org's binutils-gdb repo
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> But it's not necessarily easy for the vendor to _host_ that other
> repository. And IMHO, the current 288 MB for binutils-gdb git objects
> aren't enough to discourage vendor branches (and if you're worried about
> the download size it's equally easy to simply not pull those branches).
I don't think it's "equally easy" to not pull those branches.
If it is, I'd like to have the recipe for "pull all branches except
some", and I will put it on the GDB wiki. On the other hand, there
are many free services on the web to host git repositories. Lastly,
I find that we have way too many branches in our repository at
the moment, drowning the ones that really matter to most (the release
branches, basically). But then again, I also understand that it makes
it easier for people to find that code if they go looking for it.
Hence the not-so-strong objection, although, this issue can be very
easily addressed by documenting those branches on the GDB website or
wiki. It should be anyway, so that people have an idea of what the
branch is about. I think that's what people did with the Archer project.