[Bioperl-l] SVN and ...Re: Perltidy

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Thu Jun 14 15:20:46 EDT 2007

On Jun 14, 2007, at 2:00 PM, Jason Stajich wrote:

> On Jun 14, 2007, at 11:32 AM, Chris Fields wrote:
>> To chip in on this, I only use perltidy when I need to clean bioperl
>> code up for debugging (particularly if blocks are hard to see) and
>> just use the defaults.  I agree it would be nice to have everything
>> tidied up but it'll definitely need to be a consensus config file.
> Can we do any sort of massive conversion at some logical timepoint.
> Probably after a branch release or something?  Because it basically
> means we're going to have differences on nearly every line which is
> going to make diff-ing difficult when debugging old/new versions.
> Maybe it is not a problem because we aren't introducing and new bugs!

I agree; if we intend on doing this it should be all at once, maybe  
on a branch dedicated to ensure that code changes don't tank tests  
(they shouldn't but one never knows).  We would then need a script up- 
and-running that tidies everything up prior to commits (though what  
happens if perltidy tanks?...).

Sendu, up for it?

>> About svn, I like the idea of eventually migrating to using it over
>> CVS (I think BioPython and BioJava have plans to but I'm not sure)
>> but I don't really know enough to say how feasible/difficult the
>> migration path would be.  Anyone know?
> It's doable but non-trivial.  cvs2svn (python gah!) script exists to
> help in this.  There are pros and cons to converting.   There is a
> fair amount of documentation and other pointers out there that point
> to the CVS server for getting latest code so we'd need to think about
> whether we'd support some sort of backwards compatible SVN -> CVS for
> read-only or what.
> Mostly it will need someone to lead the charge - I made a go at doing
> it in the winter, but I really don't have the SVN-foo to make this
> work.  We'd need someone with SVN experience to step up and help.
> You can always try and we can play with the converted repository for
> a while without making it the new code base.
> -j

Stepped into that one, didn't I!  I'll look into how much effort is  
involved and try getting something going in the next month or two,  
maybe sooner if time permits.  I'm lacking on SVN-foo as well but it  
might be worth looking into.


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