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SubjectRe: Is the BitKeeper network protocol documented?
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Larry McVoy wrote:

> As far as I can tell your complaint is that you can't have access to
> the up to minute source view without using something which violates
> your politics.

No, without something that violates your license. Nice of him to actually
respect it :-)

> The fact that you can get almost real time views via one of many BK to
> tarball/patch mirrors seems to not be good enough.
>
> I guess I don't know how to help you. As far as I can tell, if Linus
> wasn't using BK he'd still be doing what he was doing up until he started
> using BK which means you wouldn't have the option of the up to date
> snapshots you can currently get.

Yes, a huge thank-you for making this possible... it's easy to forget that
the max wait time is now an hour, and it used to be weeks... linus's brain
is a much harder protocol to mirror than bk :-)

> I fail to see why this is such a big deal, you now have up to the
> hour snapshots in the form you want where before you had to wait weeks
> between releases. That's a dramatic improvement over what you had a
> year ago and complaining that you can't have up to the minute views of
> the source when the only reason is your politics, well, is it going to
> seem really unreasonable if I think that maybe your politics are getting
> in the way of your technical goals?

Well, I would point out that it's not politics, but rather respect for your
licensing terms that prevents him from using bk. (this part got snipped
relatively early, maybe you missed it)

> Although I am unfortable using closed source software, it seemed
> pragmatic to fetch and install BitKeeper. I went to bitmover.com, and
> read the free license before downloading:
>
> http://www.bitkeeper.com/Sales.Licensing.Free.html
>
> That looked ok. I am allowed to use it. Great!
>
> So I downloaded version 3.0, and typed "bk help bkl". I found that
> the license with the software is different to the licence on the web
> page.
>
> [Note to Larry, you may wish to update the above URL to the
> current version].
>
> Unfortunately, the license that comes with the download adds a new
> clause 3(d): that's the clause which tells me that actually I'm not
> allowed to use BitKeeper, because of other software I occasionally
> work on. (No, I do not work on Subversion, but I do occasionally
> dabble with sophisticated version management scripts).
>
> So, being conscientious and obedient, I removed BitKeeper from my system.

So, as you said you would consider case by case license grants if this
clause became a problem when it was last discussed (IIRC anyway, I don't
mean to put words in your mouth if I'm remembering that thread wrong),
maybe this would be a good time for one. Or he can use the hourly changeset
mirror :-)

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