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From Jochen Wiedmann <>
Subject Podling request: Gerrit
Date Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:24:56 GMT

I am writing as one of the Mentors of the AsterixDB podling.

It recently came to my attention, that there are, in fact, multiple
Git repositories, which are used by the project, one of them being
located externally of the ASF. I understand the structure to be like

  +--------------+  Commits   +------------------+  Mirrrors
   |  Gerrit      | --------------> | Git (External) | ------------->
| Git (ASF)    |
   +-------------+                    +------------------+

The structure is made like this, because the project members desire
that no commits can enter without a review, which is done in Gerrit. [2]
(In the past, this was ensured by a commit hook in the external
repository. That commit hook possibly still exists, but it doesn't
code to enter the ASF repository directly without a review. This lack
of security is currently discussed by the podlings project members.)

I understand the desire, and, to me, it makes sense. OTOH,  I suspect
that this issue might affect a successful incubation. Hence this mail.

As Git is slowly gaining ground within the ASF, I'd suggest that a
possible resolution might be to have a Gerrit instance within the ASF.
Given how Github pull requests are already discussed by many projects,
I can imagine that many projects would like to adopt a similar policy.

How about that?




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