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Re: Stop backport.pl running as cronjob? (was Re: svn commit: r1764631 - /subversion/branches/1.9.x-r1721488/)

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:01:51 +0200

On 13.10.2016 11:39, Ivan Zhakov wrote:
> On 13 October 2016 at 10:59, <jcorvel_at_apache.org> wrote:
>> Author: jcorvel
>> Date: Thu Oct 13 08:59:07 2016
>> New Revision: 1764631
>>
>> URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=1764631&view=rev
>> Log:
>> Resurrect the '1.9.x-r1721488' branch, to give backport.pl another
>> chance to execute the correct backport commands, after backport mess.
>>
> I'm wondering if we really need backport.pl running as cronjob to
> merge backports automatically to the stable branches? It's not a first
> time when this automatic job performs invalid merges. And as far I
> understand we still spend some time to babysit this tool, fix bugs
> etc. What is wrong with old proven process by merging revisions
> manually?

It doesn't happen all that often that backport.pl makes a mistake. I bet
manual merging would be just as error-prone.

Backporting is a well-defined process. The best possible way to document
a process is to automate it. Errors will happen but that's no reason to
revert to PEBKAC; bugs can be fixed.

-- Brane
Received on 2016-10-13 13:28:03 CEST

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