[Rd] [PATCH] Makefile: add support for git svn clones

Felipe Balbi balbi at kernel.org
Mon Jan 19 21:34:19 CET 2015


On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 03:31:32PM -0500, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> >>> git has an interface for cloning SVN repositories into git 
> >>> which some users might decide to use. For those users' 
> >>> surprise, the repository will always fail to build on svnonly 
> >>> target and it will exit early.
> >>> 
> >>> The problem is simple enough to fix by just checking if a .git
> >>>  directory exists in top_builddir and, if so, call git svn
> >>> info insstead of svn info.
> >>> 
> >> 
> >> I think we are unlikely to accept this change.  Nobody in R Core 
> >> uses git this way, so it would never be tested, and would likely 
> >> soon fail.
> > 
> > it will be tested by anybody using git svn clone, right ?
> > 
> >> Indeed, it already fails if someone were to try it on Windows, 
> >> since you didn't patch the makefiles for that platform.
> > 
> > yeah, sorry about that, I wasn't aware there were windows-specific
> >  Makefiles with duplicated logic in the repository.
> > 
> >> The R sources are kept in an SVN repository, and as long as 
> >> that's true, we're only likely to support direct SVN access.
> > 
> > Fair enough. But don't you think it's a bit odd to couple the 
> > repository compilation with the availability of a specific SCM
> > tool ?
> > 
> > I mean, R just won't build unless you have svn info available, I 
> > think that's pretty odd. Printing a warning would be another 
> > possibility, but exitting build is almost an overreaction.
> That's just false.  Build from a tarball, and you can store it anyway
> you like.

I'm talking about the SVN repository. Building from a tarball prevents
me from tracking R's revisions, don't you think ? But as I said, if the
community doesn't want to support a git svn clone, that's all fine and

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