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Re: Vendor drop management

From: Rupinder Singh Mazara <rmazara_at_masterfile.com>
Date: 2005-08-23 18:53:23 CEST

>ok, as i read it, what you'd do to support a vendor branch (and others
>can correct me if i screw up), first, start with your own local copy
>of, say, the software, call it "ack 1.0". as long as ack is available
>via subversion, you know you can always go back and get it.
>start hacking your local copy, make any changes you want.
>eventually, ack 1.1 becomes available, and is also available via
>subversion. what you want to do is "svn merge", and what you'd merge
>are the diffs between the vendor's releases 1.0 and 1.1. in effect,
>you're merging the vendor's changes into your working copy.
>this might involve having to resolve some merge conflicts, who knows?
>but once that's done, you now have your changes, plus the vendor's
>upgrades as well. get back to work. wait for ack 1.2. repeat.
You nailed the problem on the head !
so how do i merge changes from ack1.1 into my_ack which was developed
based on ac1.0

>p.s. philosophical note here. as much as possible, i try to avoid
>having to hack vendor releases since that generally voids the
>warranty and makes maintenance more difficult. a couple choices:
thanks but trust me this is the simplest way out for me

>first, see if you can just add a wrapper of some kind around the
>official release. that way, you can still bug the vendor for support.
>otherwise, if you have legitimately useful extensions, push them
>upstream to the vendor and see if they'll add them there, if you don't
>mind sharing them with the rest of the world.

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