[Pulp-dev] Core Commit Bit Process

Brian Bouterse bbouters at redhat.com
Mon May 21 21:48:56 UTC 2018

For core and it's related tools, we don't have a written process to
describe giving the commit bit to a contributor. We've been wanting to
agree on and document that process for a while, so I'm facilitating thread
gathering ideas to inform the writing of a PUP.

This starter email gives a brief history of what we've done and outlines a
simple proposal to get us started. We can throw that proposal away in favor
of any other idea.

# History

Historically if you were hired onto the Pulp team at Red Hat you received
the commit bit day 0. In Oct 2017 we decided to stop doing that and instead
document an open process. Engineers hired on the pulp time since Oct '17
have not received commit bit. We have not yet documented an open process of
which to give it to them or any other proven contributor.

# Current State

The current core devs as shown on github are: asmacdo, bizhang, bmbouter,
daviddavis, dkliban, dalley, ipanova, jortel, pcreech, ttereshc

# Scope of this discussion

pulp/pulp, pulp/devel, and any repos for the Pulp3 Ansible installer. It
applies to both Pulp2 and Pulp3. Plugins will do what they want.

# Process Idea

One process idea is to add a new core committer upon a vote with +1's
received from all current core developers. The thinking is that all current
core devs needs to be 100% comfortable for the new person to handle any
issue in place of themselves.

# Criteria

Overall I believe someone who has demonstrated commitment and care towards
the needs of all Pulp users and not only their own interests. Also they
must have the experience to be trusted with major aspects of Pulp

These requirements are somewhat vague by design. Any process with hard
requirements will be gamed so I believe leaving it to the judgement of the
existing devs is a safe approach. Anyone who specifically wants to get more
involved should approach the core devs about mentorship. I think the right
time will be obvious, and if there are doubts those can be expressed ahead
of time or at vote time.

# Code owners

This commit bit vote could be for entire core repos, or it could be for a
subsystem of Pulp enforced using github's "code owners" feature (

^ is starter content, please send ideas and discussion that will be
incorporated into a first draft PEP at some point.

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