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Subject: Re: [boost] [build] improving the history
From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-12-17 13:33:11

On 14.12.2013 21:44, Vladimir Prus wrote:
> I've spent some time looking at history of Boost.Build git repository, and I think I've got a fairly
> reasonable outcome.
> The problem statement is that in the converted repository, the top-level has nothing but a directory
> called 'v2', which is rather ugly. While it can be fixed with 'git mv', it would mean that 'git log file'
> will not show complete history unless the --follow option is passed, which is inconvenient. It appears
> that graphical tools don't like moves much either. There were already moves in SVN, so even now,
> running 'git log' on any file in engine/ won't return complete history without --follow. Further,
> at some older revision, there are two copies of what was jam code then.
> The most convenient solution for these problems is to edit history of the 'develop' branch, so that content
> of top-level directory matches what was in 'v2' in SVN, and so that content of 'engine' matches Jam sources
> through the years. This won't actually break any important references from the super-project, first because
> they presumably are only to master branch, and second, because the commit objects will be still retained in
> repository. I am not sure we need to rewrite the 'master' branch, as it's not used for day to day development.
> Now, as soon as we're rewriting history, it might be good idea to change directory structure to
> be more alike to the structure that other components have. The additional downside here is that the historical
> versions will not be fully functional - specifically it will break references from examples and tests to
> the rest of Boost.Build. But, I think it's worth the trouble - users can still obtain old, fully functional,
> versions from the tags, or master branch (yet another reason for it not to be rewritten), while developers
> will enjoy both clean directory structure and fully functional history on 'develop' branch.
> So, the way I'd most like Boost.Build develop branch to look is this:
> It has fairly clean structure, and running 'git log src/engine/jam.c' goes all the way to initial jam code
> import. The original post-conversion state is stored at converted-develop tag.
> Steven, Jurgen, what do you think? Any other concerns I have overlooked. I really would like to to get over
> git games, and declare the repository to be ready, so unless I'll hear objections by the end of Monday,
> I will force-push this to develop branch and adjust the super-project as necessary.

I am gonna switch 'develop' to this version tomorrow morning, Moscow time.

- Volodya

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