Changes to our Git infrastructure

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Mon Jan 5 10:57:40 GMT 2015

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 10:05 PM, Jan Kundr√°t <jkt at> wrote:
> On Monday, 5 January 2015 06:05:33 CEST, Ben Cooksley wrote:
>> Ease of installation and it's the availability of the necessary
>> interpreters within mainstream distributions should be more than
>> sufficient criteria here. Limiting it by any other criteria is playing
>> pure favouritism to a given set of language(s) and unnecessarily
>> limits our options.
> Ben, you and Jeff appear to disagree with my point that e.g. requiring a PHP
> tool to be installed client-side on each developers' and contributors'
> machine might be a little bit discouraging. It is OK to say that you
> disagree, but it doesn't prove the point to be any less valid. It's fine to
> have people assign varying importance to different evaluation criteria, so
> please do not use your sysadmin hat to unilaterally remove this "pure
> favoritism" just because you do not see any value in it.
> My impression was that we're gathering a list of possible requirements and
> *then* we, as a community, are going to assign some importance factor to
> each and every item raised. It is therefore acceptable to have mutually
> exclusive criteria at this point, or even bits which some of us might find
> to be totally irrelevant. They are going to be sorted out be community's
> consensus, I suppose.

The list of requirements is first gathered from the community. We then
summarize it with items being weighted based on the level of support
mentioned by various people and send it back. If everyone is broadly
happy we then go ahead and prepare solutions which meet this list of
requirements. There is no community level sorting of the items because
items don't have a priority - it is a best effort basis to meet all of
the requested features and functions.

These proposals are accompanied by the pros and cons each faces, along
with a recommendation for the one we believe best fits the needs of
the community.
You can see an example of this in the initial setup which
Sysadmin did many years ago (2010 I think).

> With kind regards,
> Jan


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