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Subject: Re: [boost] Trac tickets: fixed in trunk vs. fixed in release
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-22 12:31:46

on Sun Feb 22 2009, Juergen Hunold <> wrote:

> Hi Dave !


> On Sunday 22 February 2009, David Abrahams wrote:
>> on Sat Feb 21 2009, "Steve M. Robbins" <> wrote:
>> > For each bug, there are really two levels of "fixed": roughly
>> > speaking, the developer considers the issue fixed when it is
>> > committed to trunk, while the user considers the issue fixed when
>> > it is commited to the release branch.
>> Yes, this is one place our current branching system is breaking down.
> Well, trac/subversion was not designed to handles such a setup. So no
> wonder it is breaking...
> Use something changeset based for this. git (or maybe bzr).

SVN 1.5 can handle it, though I tend to agree that Git provides a much
more appropriate model for Boost. It looks a bit to me like bzr is
going to lose the popularity battle to Git.

>> > At present, the trac ticket is closed at the first gate.
>> > Unfortunately, sometimes the second gate gets forgotten. Could
>> > another state be added to the ticket lifecycle to track when it
>> > gets merged to release?
>> It's an excellent idea. We should also update the post-commit hook
>> to be able to close the ticket when "fixes #xxx" shows up int the
>> checkin comment on the release branch.
> I am monitoring the whole "release branch" hell for some time now. And
> most commits are "whole subtree" merges with messages like "Merge
> <mylib> to release".
> As long as no merge tracking is used (either or Subversion
> server- and client-side > 1.5.5) this will simply not work.

Yup. "whole subtree" merges are evil.

>> > My aim is to be able to identified "fixed" tickets that are not
>> > actually released and, hopefully, to decrease them in number.
>> > Maybe there are other ways to achieve this?
>> I'm afraid there's no easy way. I usually just pore through the diffs
>> between trunk and branches/release.
> Well, those are getting slowly bigger...


Dave Abrahams
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