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From Ian Maxon <>
Subject Re: Podling request: Gerrit
Date Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:43:46 GMT
To add onto Jochen's comments, even something lesser than a hosted
Gerrit instance might suffice. The core issue for integrating our
previous Git workflow is that, as I understand it, there's no way to
have "robot" committers to ASF git. We previously had Gerrit acting on
behalf of whoever submitted the commit, and whoever submitted the
commit in this case is necessarily an Apache committer. Gerrit is just
a safe intermediary for performing what otherwise is a more error
prone process of cherry-picking and pushing commits. The person who
submitted and pushed the review is still recorded, via the committer
and author fields of the commit, as well as the reviewed-by fields in
the comment of the commit.

- Ian

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 4:24 PM, Jochen Wiedmann
<> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> this:
>   +--------------+  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
> prevent
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Jochen
> [1]
> [2]
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