[libvirt] official libvirt mirror on github?

Cole Robinson crobinso at redhat.com
Fri May 22 13:13:08 UTC 2015

On 05/22/2015 08:50 AM, Aline Manera wrote:
> On 22/05/2015 09:20, Cole Robinson wrote:
>> On 05/22/2015 03:33 AM, Peter Krempa wrote:
>>> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 21:34:25 -0400, Cole Robinson wrote:
>>>> Hey all,
>>>> Anyone considered setting up libvirt*.git mirrors on github? Given the
>>>> popularity of github these days, IMO it's unfortunate we don't have an
>>>> official mirror on there.
>>>> As far as the actual mirroring though, we'd probably need to set up hooks on
>>>> libvirt.org to push new commits up to github, there doesn't appear to be any
>>>> better way than that.
>>>> Thoughts?
>>> I'm worried that once we have a github clone that is described as
>>> official it will motivate people to send code via github pull requests
>>> rather than via the mailing list.
>> Yes that t seems to happen with many other projects that don't use
>> pull-requests. However it's easy to catch these: libvirt committers can just
>> 'watch' the github repo and get email notification when there's pull-request
>> activity (I wish there was a way to send these notifications to a mailing list
>> but github doesn't have native support for it:
>> https://github.com/github/github-services/issues/804)
>> That said I think pull-requests are still an opportunity to get new
>> contributers, if we react quickly and point them at the mailing list and tell
>> them they don't even need to subscribe, just git send-email it.
> Recently I found the Go project uses an easy way to inform contributors pull
> requests are not supported.
> https://github.com/golang/go/pulls

That's a nice idea but for completeness it doesn't fully solve the problem:
notice all the closed pull-requests, many coming in after that note was added.
Many people that submit pull-requests do it from the command line with a tool
like 'hub' so they won't see the warning.

- Cole

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