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Re: svnsquash has grown new capabilities

From: Eric S. Raymond <esr_at_thyrsus.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 17:59:14 -0400

David Glasser <glasser_at_davidglasser.net>:
> My advice: what do you mean when you say that it does not make sense
> to ship it as a standalone project?

It's so tied to the internals of Subversion that I think I'd prefer to
have it co-located with Subversion. And there's some risk that if I create
it as a standalone project, people simply won't *find* it. One corollary of
projects-are-cheap is that learning what's relevant to what you want to do
can be difficult. The problems of superabundance...

Yes, Google searches mitigate the problem, but they don't entirely
solve it. The tradeoff I'm choosing, consciously, is to go through
your bureaucracy in order to make the tool more easily discoverable to
those most likely to need it. In this *particular* case the choice is
esier because I'm pretty sure that if I were to come to this dev list
in the future and said "Hey, I need commit access now to tweak
svncutter" I'd get it without fuss.

That said, I mostly agree with your more general point. Project creation abd
hosting are cheap. We should behave more like that's true than we often do.
I was thinking of posting something semi-relevant here about the state
of modern hosting systems. Now I'm sure I will. I think you'll find it

		Eric S. Raymond
Received on 2009-10-08 00:01:56 CEST

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