Git on Windows

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Thu May 3 09:48:42 EDT 2012

Wm Tarr <wm.tarr at> writes:

> On 2012-05-01 16:59, Derek Atkins wrote:
>> John Ralls <jralls at> writes:
>>>> Longer term are we drifting towards git and away from svn?  My reason
>>>> for asking is that I am partway through a re-write of the Windows
>>>> build instructions and I'm finding myself inclined towards git.
>>> Yes, that's a remarkably accurate way of describing our approach to git.
>> I would still like to see us host the "master" read-write git repo on
>>, but obviously we can sync it to github.  It would be
>> silly (IMHO) for the windows builder to pull from github when it could
>> pull from "local" sources.
> Is you concern that people might be pulling a transitory or unstable
> build or similar if they use git?

No, my concern is that I still want to limit who can push changes to the
"master" branch, and that I'd like the win32 build machine (as it's the
only builder we have) to pull from a local repo.

>> I recommend we take the same approach as the MIT Kerberos Team for
>> transitioning from SVN to GIT.  I'm working with them to try to acquire
>> their transition scripts.  The scripts normalize the log messages in the
>> transition, or so I've been told. This means, however, that the current
>> 'github' (and any existing git repos) would become obsolete, but I don't
>> see that as being a problem in general.
> I'm in "get the build working under Win" class rather than "is one
> code source better than another at the moment"

That's fine, that just means this thread is not for you :)

> Having said that, following the instructions given for a Win32 build
> I'm going for git, not svn.

Again, your choice, but until extremely recently that would not have
worked.  The Win32 build scripts only worked with svn.


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