[logback-dev] Git as a version control system?

Ceki Gulcu ceki at qos.ch
Fri Aug 7 16:55:41 CEST 2009

Ralph Goers wrote:
> I've glanced at git but never used it. I've read that it is more 
> complicated than SVN because it works very differently. I have enough 
> interest in logback that I'd probably do what it takes to get access to 
> the source but I imagine there are others who wouldn't if setting it up 
> is more difficult than just installing a bit of software.

My impression is that some time in the future, git will be added to
the list of software that any os developer will be required to know,
similar to CVS or SVN today. Time will tell. Anyway, for "legacy
developers", we could continue to export into an SVN repo.

> I'm not 100% sure what the real benefit would be. Ultimately the code 
> needs to be committed back to logback. How would using git make it 
> easier? Would we be able to commit somewhere that would allow you to 
> commit stuff to the "real" repository?

That's an excellent question. If git is better at merging and
creating forks is easy, Alice could fork logback, work on our branch
for a few days or even a few weeks, committing many changes to her
forked repository. She could later publicize her repository for others
to study. If her changes are deemed interesting, they could be
imported back into the "official" logback repository. This is similar
to the workflow that would take place on the SVN, except that Alice
would not be able to commit her changes locally and nor would she be
able to publicize her repository. She would be constrained to patch

The difference is admittedly subtle but subtle differences sometimes
can make all the difference (but most often they don't).

> Ralph
Ceki Gülcü
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