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Subject: Re: [boost] [1.45] REMINDER: Release branch is closed! (was: [1.45.0] Permission to merge trunk to release for (Polygon))
From: Vladimir Prus (vladimir_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-11-13 03:00:37

Robert Ramey wrote:

> Simonson, Lucanus J wrote:
>> Eric Niebler wrote:
>> If not then our next best option is probably to lock the release
>> branch and unlock it manually for specific users who have show
>> stopper fixes that they want to commit and ask for permission on the
>> dev list or directly from the release manager. Once the release
>> branch is unlocked for a developer it remains unlocked because it is
>> assumed they know what is going on because they asked for it to be
>> unlocked and that they need it to remain unlocked so that they can
>> address any regression failure caused by bad merges or whatever might
>> go wrong with their commit. Once the release goes out the release
>> branch can be unlocked for everyone until the next code freeze.
> This was suggested and tried soon after SVN was installed. The
> problem is that SVN took hours to do the lock.

It seems that two concepts are confused here. SVN has locking, which allow
to lock a specific file or directory to a specific user. It also has
permissions, which allow to limit commits to specific directory (such as /branches/release)
to specific persons (plural). However, the permissions have to be modified
directly on the server -- which I suppose is a logistical problem.

- Volodya

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