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From Geir Magnusson Jr <>
Subject Re: [policy] bring in full code history on incubated project?
Date Tue, 03 Jan 2006 16:43:22 GMT

Jules Gosnell wrote:
> Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>> Sorry to change the subject...
>> Can someone make a definitive statement on whether or not code  
>> history is brought into our repo from elsewhere when a podling brings  
>> code over?
> I don't see how the incubator can hold a single position on this one.
> There are good reasons both for and against, depending on your project.

We certainly can have a position, and then deal with exceptions.

> Rather than making a decision which is bound to fly in the face of some 
> potential incubatees, why can it not simply be left to individual 
> projects to decide for themselves?

Because IMO the primary purpose of the incubator is to protect and 
promote the ASFs interests, not of the candidate individual projects. 
That's SourceForge.

> My understanding of the incubator's role, was that issues like this did 
> not have to be resolved until a project sought promotion up out of the 
> incubator.

Well, things have to be complete by then, but this is a case of where if 
you don't do it from the beginning, you can't fix it later, unless 
you've made no changes to the code.

> At this point, I might reasonably expect to have to shed a project 
> history - if its acceptance into a first-level ASF repo caused problems 
> - and live with a history divided between two repos.
> Why, though, a passage to this point, via the incubator, should further 
> fragment a project, and leave me with my history in three places, I do 
> not understand.
> Isn't the incubator meant to lower the bar for projects wishing to 
> migrate into ASF ?

Where would the three places be?  I can see two if we don't take history 
and only one if we do - here, at the ASF.


> Jules (WADI)
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