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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: Git release candidate tagging policy? [was: Re: [VOTE] Apache BatchEE 0.4-incubating]
Date Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:52:17 GMT
On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 4:09 PM, Ate Douma <> wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> On 2016-09-26 17:22, Mark Struberg wrote:
>> Stian, this is established practice in the ASF since the very early days
>> of playing with GIT.
>> It is used e.g. in the following TLPs:
>> TomEE
>> DeltaSpike
>> Johnzon
>> CouchDB
>> Maven
>> and many, many more!
>> It also got discussed on members, infra and even board lists.
> The suggestion 'this' is established practice in the ASF made me wonder.
> So I tried to lookup some reference, background and/or discussion around it.
> But I have not been able to find anything!
> Of the above listed projects, only DeltaSpike actually has a page describing
> *what* to do, written by you, but otherwise: nothing AFAICT.
> I also briefly scanned the members and board lists, seeing if I somehow
> missed a
> crucial discussion about this in the last several years.
> But nothing jumped out to me what might be related.
> I haven't been really actively involved (much) in ASF projects using git
> so far, so it didn't really matter much to me yet until now.
> And I probably didn't try hard enough researching it either.
> But if this really is an established practice, then at least it should be
> easy
> to find and properly described, somewhere. Especially as some incubator
> guide.
> So where is or was this discussed, do you have some pointers?

There is precedent both ways. It's been discussed pretty heavily in
specific instances, but AFAIK, no policy exists.
If you're interested in backstory of two examples, look at board@
discussions on AsterixDB using Gerrit and Usergrid using Github.

Sam has also written a document up that discusses the nuances of DVCS
and how commits land in ASF git repo and the fact that 'canonical'
doesn't really exist in the way we think it does for DVCSes.


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