[Python-Dev] Mercurial?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Apr 5 20:29:31 CEST 2009

> I've svnsynced the SVN repo so that we can work on it efficiently, and
> I've already talked with Augie Fackler, the hgsubversion maintainer,
> about what the best way forward is. For example, we may want to leave
> some of the very old history behind, or prune some old branches.

I'm -1 on removing very old history; it's still useful to find out
that some change goes back to 1994. I'm -0 on removing old branches
(your 18 month policy sounds reasonable).

>>     - Convert the current svn commit hooks to Mercurial.
> Some new hooks should also be discussed. For example, Mozilla uses a
> single-head hook, to prevent people from pushing multiple heads. They
> also have a pushlog extension that keeps a SQLite database of what
> people pushed. This is particularly useful for linearizing history,
> which is required for integration with buildbot infrastructure.

FYI: this is the list of hooks currently employed:
- pre: check whitespace
- post: mail python-checkins
        inform regular buildbot
        inform community buildbot
        trigger website rebuild if a PEP was modified
        (but then, whether or not the PEPs will be maintained
         in hg also needs to be decided)

>>     - Augment code.python.org infrastructure to support the creation of
>> developer accounts.
> Developers already have accounts, don't they?

Depends on the term "account". There is a mapping ssh-key <-> logname.

> In any case, some web
> interface to facilitate setting up new clones (branches) is also
> something that's probably desirable. I think Mozilla has some tooling
> for that which we might be able to start off of.

How to authenticate in that interface? We don't have passwords per


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