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From: Taylor Blau <me@ttaylorr.com>
To: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 5/5] drop vcs-svn experiment
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:11:36 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200813151136.GC2244@syl.lan> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200813150017.GE891370@coredump.intra.peff.net>

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 11:00:17AM -0400, Jeff King wrote:
> The code in vcs-svn was started in 2010 as an attempt to build a
> remote-helper for interacting with svn repositories (as opposed to
> git-svn). However, we never got as far as shipping a mature remote
> helper, and the last substantive commit was e99d012a6bc in 2012.
>
> We do have a git-remote-testsvn, and it is even installed as part of
> "make install". But given the name, it seems unlikely to be used by
> anybody (you'd have to explicitly "git clone testsvn::$url", and there
> have been zero mentions of that on the mailing list since 2013, and even
> that includes the phrase "you might need to hack a bit to get it working
> properly"[1]).
>
> We also ship contrib/svn-fe, which builds on the vcs-svn work. However,
> it does not seem to build out of the box for me, as the link step misses
> some required libraries for using libgit.a. Curiously, the original
> build breakage bisects for me to eff80a9fd9 (Allow custom "comment
> char", 2013-01-16), which seems unrelated. There was an attempt to fix
> it in da011cb0e7 (contrib/svn-fe: fix Makefile, 2014-08-28), but on my
> system that only switches the error message.
>
> So it seems like the result is not really usable by anybody in practice.
> It would be wonderful if somebody wanted to pick up the topic again, and
> potentially it's worth carrying around for that reason. But the flip
> side is that people doing tree-wide operations have to deal with this
> code.  And you can see the list with (replace "HEAD" with this commit as
> appropriate):

I have nothing to add to this email other than to say that I think it
makes sense to remove this. I agree it would be nice if somebody picked
it up, but given that nothing has really changed since ~8 years ago, I
think that it's unlikely to happen in the next ~8 years ;).

At least, it seems unlikely enough that dropping 2MB from the
installation size is worth it. If someone *is* interested in picking it
up, I'm sure that they won't have trouble finding this patch and
reverting it.

Thanks.

> [snip]

Thanks,
Taylor

  reply	other threads:[~2020-08-13 15:11 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 36+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-13 14:55 [PATCH 0/5] slimming down installed size Jeff King
2020-08-13 14:57 ` [PATCH 1/5] Makefile: drop builtins from MSVC pdb list Jeff King
2020-08-13 15:04   ` Taylor Blau
2020-08-13 15:08     ` Jeff King
2020-08-13 16:37       ` Derrick Stolee
2020-08-13 17:40         ` Jeff King
2020-08-14 14:18       ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-14 14:32         ` Jeff King
2020-08-17  4:42           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-17 13:20         ` Jeff Hostetler
2020-08-13 14:58 ` [PATCH 2/5] make credential helpers builtins Jeff King
2020-08-13 15:08   ` Taylor Blau
2020-08-13 15:14     ` Jeff King
2020-08-13 17:55       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-13 14:59 ` [PATCH 3/5] make git-bugreport a builtin Jeff King
2020-08-13 17:01   ` Derrick Stolee
2020-08-13 17:38     ` Jeff King
2020-08-13 18:25       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-13 18:47         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-14 10:13           ` Jeff King
2020-08-14 14:25           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-14 10:05         ` Jeff King
2020-08-13 18:01   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-14 14:28     ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-15  6:38     ` Jeff King
2020-08-17 12:12       ` Emily Shaffer
2020-08-17 16:58       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-17 21:40         ` Jeff King
2020-08-17 12:16   ` Emily Shaffer
2020-08-13 14:59 ` [PATCH 4/5] make git-fast-import " Jeff King
2020-08-13 15:00 ` [PATCH 5/5] drop vcs-svn experiment Jeff King
2020-08-13 15:11   ` Taylor Blau [this message]
2020-08-13 15:18     ` Jeff King
2020-08-14 14:39   ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-14 15:11     ` Jeff King
2020-08-13 15:13 ` [PATCH 0/5] slimming down installed size Taylor Blau

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