Revisiting the question of a kdebase branch

Hamish Rodda rodda at
Thu Apr 13 11:38:47 BST 2006

On Thursday 13 April 2006 20:32, Stephan Kulow wrote:
> Am Samstag, 1. April 2006 14:29 schrieb Hamish Rodda:
> > Hi,
> >
> > The idea of a kdebase_snapshot was turned down earlier due to the desire
> > not to create more work with a second major module branch (iirc).
> >
> > However, although this is in the interests of app developers, it does not
> > favour kdelibs trunk developers.
> >
> > Many changes being made to kdelibs these days really need the developer
> > to compile a few sample apps to make sure what they've done is sane. 
> > Once a major change has been committed to trunk, other developers either
> > have to do local ports of the apps they want to test against, or wait for
> > the next snapshot to be able to test again.
> >
> > Rather than have a kdebase snapshot, what I'm suggesting is to have a
> > kdebase-bleedingedge branch which people may commit their ports against.
> > When a new kdelibs snapshot is made, kdebase trunk can (optionally) be
> > updated with some changes in the bleedingedge branch.  A few days after
> > the snapshot, the bleedingedge branch should be overwritten with kdebase
> > trunk, and so the cycle continues.
> >
> > This way, there's no pressure to keep the bleedingedge branch up to date,
> > it may just make things more pleasant and share around some of the work
> > for kdelibs developers.  In fact, it will hardly consume any resources if
> > not needed for a particular period of time.
> I think it would still cause a problem as it creates a second target and
> the kdelibs trunk/snapshot split already causes enough confusion on our
> lists ;(

It is called "bleedingedge" exactly to warn people away from it unless they 
know what they're doing.

> I see the need though, but I suggest to not have it in general, but open it
> as the need arises.

Yes, I will close it for now as I'm not aware of major changes needed yet with 
the current work.

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