[tcpdump-workers] bpf.tcpdump.org vs github

Denis Ovsienko denis at ovsienko.info
Tue Nov 25 03:36:34 EST 2014

> c) there is some issue (please explain more) with bpf.tcpdump.org experiencing auto-merging difficulties. 

When a repository exists in two copies and each copy has the same branch (i.e. master) and some new commits go to that branch in one copy but not the other, and also the other way around, the branches will look like this (this is how GitHub and bpf.tcpdump.org look right now):


Then git-merge in any of the directions will not be fast-forward and will require explicit merge commits and sometimes conflict resolution. That is additional work for no gain. If instead the copies get converged first and then new commits go to one copy only, the other copy will always enjoy fast-forward pulls, making it possible to run git-pull every 15 minutes from crontab.

    Denis Ovsienko

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