Is this right?
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Nov 5 01:55:36 GMT 2008
Guillermo Gonzalez writes:
> On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 8:55 PM, Russel Winder
> > To be honest all that is needed is a small announcement email on the
> > email list and a note on the Lauchpad pages. The issue is public
> > information presented in places where people can find it easily.
I'm sorry, but that's 1995 thinking. In 2008, the issue is not where
"people can find it easily"---as you point out, people generally won't
go farther than "trivially"---it is where "machines can follow it
automatically". We know how to do this.
(1) HTTP redirect.
(2) Any URL schema private to bzr could grow a redirect status.
(3) repo formats could grow a redirect configuration. (2) could
probably be implemented this way, but for robustness (the case
when a repo gets completely removed) there should be a net
protocol that could be implemented by a lightweight server on the
In general any VCS that aspires to being more than a "stupid content
tracker" should give some design thought to these life cycle issues at
a level higher than directory renaming. (Not that I have done so, but
as it's given me an interocular trauma I thought I'd share!)
> I'll [send out an announcement] ASAP
> If you think that announcement should be in other places, please let
> me know and I'll post there too.
Of course as long as the technology is broken, this is indeed the
courteous thing to do.
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