[Python-Dev] [Python-checkins] devguide: Strip out all generic svn instructions from the FAQ. It's not only

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Wed Jan 5 19:37:28 CET 2011

To those that want to keep those steps in the dev FAQ, go ahead but I
recuse myself from maintaining it. Having had so many instances of
people asking "how do I do this?" and me almost always able to go
"read the dev FAQ" has basically made me feel like it is not worth the
effort if people are not going to bother to check it and just simply
ask how to do things.

The copy of the dev FAQ on the website has not been touched, so me
cutting this stuff out so I know what has and has not been covered has
no permanent impact. Plus having the devguide on hg.python.org and not
the website means anyone with commit rights can modify the devguide,
including adding/maintaining a dev FAQ on common VCS/SSH/whatever

On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 01:08, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 1/5/2011 1:18 AM, Eli Bendersky wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 04:13, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com
>>    Your call as the author, but please reconsider this one. I've found it
>>    *hugely* convenient over the years to have these task oriented answers
>>    in the FAQ. The problem with the answers all over the internet is that
>>    I (or someone new to our source control tool) may not know enough to
>>    ask the right question, and hence those answers may as well not exist.
>>    Even if these FAQ answers don't always provide everything needed, they
>>    usually provide enough information to let me search for the full
>>    answers.
>> I agree with Nick here. I also found these instructions useful in the
>> past, although I'm quite familiar with SVN. New devs interested in
>> contributing to Python but not too familiar with the source-control tool
>> it's using at the time will benefit even more from this.
>> As for maintenance nightmare, I'm sure it's simple enough to attract
>> contributors. For example, I can volunteer to maintain it.
> As a complete neophyte at actually using a source code system, I found the
> stripped-down step-by-step instructions useful even though I am using
> TortoiseSVN. Even the TortoiseSVN help doc is a bit overwhelming because it
> includes so much that I do not need to read. It would be a bit like a
> beginning programmer trying to learn Python from the Langauge Reference
> without having the Tutorial to read. (And even as an experienced C
> programmer, I started with the latter.)
> --
> Terry Jan Reedy
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