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SubjectRe: BK, deltas, snapshots and fate of -pre...
At 18:17 21/04/02, Daniel Phillips wrote:
>On Monday 22 April 2002 19:10, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 21, 2002 at 05:50:25PM +0200, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > > On Monday 22 April 2002 17:44, Larry McVoy wrote:
> > > > On Sun, Apr 21, 2002 at 02:53:13PM +0200, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > > > > I hope I made it clear that I believe BK is helping
> Linux. Furthermore, I
> > > > > don't see why Larry should not collect some advertising for his
> contribution.
> > > > > Within limits. IMHO, we're on the wrong side of the limit at the
> moment,
> > > > > and moving further with no sign of moderating.
> > > >
> > > > Yes, because so many purchasing managers spend their time reading the
> > > > Documentation subdirectory of the Linux kernel in order to decide what
> > > > SCM system they should use.
> > > >
> > > > The existence (or non-existence) of the docs has absolutely no
> marketing
> > > > value to BK.
> > >
> > > So you have no problem with moving them to a website, leaving a url in
> > > SubmittingPatches?
> >
> > Do you have a problem with moving other docs out to Websites, which are
> > describing closed-spec hardware? Such hardware (and their vendors) are
> > actively anti-open source, yet we have documents describing those, too.
>
>The other example specifically mentioned was the CVS documentation for jfs,
>and yes, I think that moving those instructions to the web site in question
>would make a lot of sense, leaving a URL wherever the docs once were. By
>definition, the CVS instructions will be available on that site as long as
>they are useful, and not a moment longer.

Personally I find it _extremely_ annoying having to go and lookup web sites
which the kernel points me to instead of just having the docs in the kernel
in the first place.

For source code to additional utilities, ok, fair enough, we can't have
everything in the tree but for documentation, which is a pre-requisite or
at least a help to understanding something about the kernel, I don't see
why people have to just be referred out of the tree.

Especially because I only need to look up some URL just when I have no
internet access for a week or two (and hence have the time to look things
up)... Having documentation on some random web site is not going to help
there at all. And guess what? I learned how to use bitkeeper when I was on
holiday for two weeks. And guess also what? It was Jeff's document which
was my main guide on how to do it in combination with the bk kernel tree. I
would have been well pissed off if I had found that I needed to get the
document off the web after I had gone away...

As a complete different, general point, the probability of documentation
being updated when it is outside the tree is _much_ lower than when it is
inside the tree. Admittedly the bitkeeper document itself is unlikely to
change over time but the scripts helping submissions which are in the same
place as the document may very well change over time.

I would much rather see a disclaimer put in Jeff's document stating that
"you don't need to use it, gnu patches are just fine with everyone, etc" as
others have already suggested.

If such disclaimer doesn't appease the anti-bitkeeper crew then moving the
document out won't either, so moving it out would be a waste of time in
addition to penalizing people who want to use bitkeeper, which is unfair
and incorrect.

Finally, if you object to this _that_ much, why not fork the tree remove
the document, and live happy ever after? Perhaps all the anti-bk people
will follow you... (-;

Best regards,

Anton


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