Switching to Bazaar (bzr)

Max Kanat-Alexander mkanat at bugzilla.org
Sun Dec 21 21:27:56 UTC 2008

On Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:13:17 +0000 Colin Ogilvie
<bugzilla at colinogilvie.co.uk> wrote:
> How many of those are actually relevant to the Bugzilla project
> though?

	Well, did you read them?

	The workflow aspect is pretty relevant--it's nice that you
don't have to reeducate people, they can still use the exact same
workflow they had in CVS.

	Loggerhead is nicer than Hgweb, in my experience.

	We do move and rename directories, and the ability to merge
the inventory correctly is a good thing, in that case, particularly for
bound branches.

	I personally think the plugin aspect is really useful, I use a
few plugins myself, and I really like the bzrtools plugins package in

> Also, what other VCSs have been discussed other than Bzr and why were 
> they discounted?

	We're basically discussing them now, this would be the
place. :-)

	Mozilla narrowed down the discussion to bzr and hg way back
when (and I participated in the discussion) when they were picking a
DVCS to move to, and Hg was only picked because it could scale to the
level that Mozilla needs. I'm pretty sure that otherwise we would have
gone with bzr.

> Nope, but if they go down or theres some sort of corruption etc. it's 
> best not to have a SPOF... the more extreme example is you get hit by
> a bus or something, not that we'd want that to happen!

	Hahahaha, yeah. :-) And believe me, I don't really *want* to be
administering a VCS, and particularly not forever. I'm doing my best to
get *away* from sysadmin tasks for the Bugzilla Project. But I really
think that bzr is the best choice (I mean, I'm willing to be convinced
otherwise, but that's what I think right now), and I'm willing to take
on a bit of sysadmin work if it means that we can move to it.

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