[Mailman-Developers] Plea for Help

Gerhard Gonter gonter@maestria.wu-wien.ac.at
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 22:09:48 +0200 (MES)

According to Sean Reifschneider:
> This is exactly what I was thinking of doing with the more public CVS
> repository.  Unfortunately, I don't believe that CVS has any sort of
> mechanism for doing this automaticly,   So, that means that the core
> developers still have to do a lot of work to maintain it.

There is nothing in software engineering that works truely automaticaly,
behind the scenes there is always some good spirit who lends a helping
hand or speaks a magic spell ;)

With all due respect to the mailman development effort, CVS is used in
open source projects much larger than Mailman or even Python.  All
three BSD's[1] are nice examples, all with anonymous CVS, CVS web, bug
tracking and developer lists.  (FreeBSD even offers the CVS repository
itself to be ftp'ed.)

Concentrating development to one central CVS repository and using the
branches for those various improvements might work like the
hierarchical arrangement of repositories BAW mentioned in his post a
while ago.  This seems to be quite successfull for the BSD's already

Summary: keep CVS, add CVS web and use branches

[1] www.freebsd.org, www.openbsd.org, www.netbsd.org

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