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Re: is the proof in the pudding?

David Holland <> writes:
> On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 02:54:12PM -0400, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>  > It is difficult here for us to make a selection of a new version
>  > control system based on reading and such. It is probably better to
>  > learn by doing.
>  > 
>  > I'd like to suggest that someone set up a machine on which the current
>  > NetBSD repository could be imported into most of the major modern
>  > systems (SVN, git, hg, monotone, darcs, etc.) so that we can try them
>  > all out. Nothing will be as informative as actual testing.
> As you're perhaps aware, many people have attempted to import the
> NetBSD repository into various systems, and as far as I know none of
> those attempts has been successful to date.
> Please go ahead and write conversion tools that work...

That would clearly be part of the whole effort. Partisans for any
given system would have to demonstrate that they could succeed in
converting the tree or there would be no way we could adopt their
tool. That's part of the whole reason for "lets not discuss this in
the abstract, lets try things out" -- we will have an easier time
deciding if we find certain tools simply can't be used at all!

(BTW, I don't thing we require that such a conversion be *fast* -- it
would be okay to shut everything down for 24 hours once to do the
cutover. However, it clearly has to be demonstrated to work repeatedly
before we try it the first time.)

Perry E. Metzger      

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