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

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 21:44:45 CET 2015

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On 19/01/2015 3:34 PM, Felipe Balbi wrote:
> Hi,
> 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 dandy.

So why not make your patch locally, and publish it for any other git
user to incorporate?  If some change to the master copy breaks it,
you'll see it, and you'll fix it.  Then everyone's happy.  One of the
purported advantages of git is the fact that it doesn't require a
central repository for everything.

Duncan Murdoch
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