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Subject: Re: [boost] [git] [conversion] Schedule and remaining showstoppers?
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-10-22 22:16:53

on Mon Oct 21 2013, "Niall Douglas" <> wrote:

> On 20 Oct 2013 at 20:43, Dave Abrahams wrote:
>> > Before any of this, in my opinion we need to find out with real
>> > empirical evidence how good the quality of the git conversion is.
>> > That, in my opinion, requires a full build and automated test run for
>> > every matching git commit and svn commit going back through history
>> > to determine their level of equivalence, and at what point in history
>> > equivalence breaks down.
>> Never gonna happen. The filesystem structure is changed, and there's no
>> reason to expect commits in ancient history to build.
> I didn't know that was now the case. For reference, I absolutely
> agree with this decision, but may I ask a stupid question: why now
> bother converting any history at all if historical checkouts are no
> longer viable?

The list demanded it.

> i.e. why not flatten file history completely, and therefore make
> clones so very much quicker? Right now my subgit conversion of Boost
> consumes about 800Mb. Eliminating most of that download would be
> useful. If people want to see and/or use history from pre-conversion,
> they can use the SVN repo.

We tried to do that. We even had a solution for people who wanted to
graft on an accurate SVN history. It didn't fly.

Dave Abrahams

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