[oi-dev] userland history problems

Milan Jurik milan.jurik at xylab.cz
Tue Apr 10 19:02:08 UTC 2012

Hi Bayard,

in such case it would be good to add some putback check to avoid future 
problems if mercurial is not so strict.

Best regards,


On 10.04.2012 19:51, Bayard G. Bell wrote:
> In the course of fulfilment of my request for git mirroring, I've
> learned that we have a slight problem in our history: someone forgot 
> to
> put a space between their name and the angle brackets surrounding 
> their
> e-mail address. There are two ways to fix this: one is to ask github 
> to
> disable validation of this data, the other is to fix the history, 
> which
> is a destructive change.
> Since we're just getting on our feet, I'm inclined to make two
> substantial clean-ups in the history, one is to fix these commit
> records, and the other is to remove backed out changesets so they 
> don't
> show up in annotations (which seems reasonable, given that the net
> effect is that no change happened, which to my mind shouldn't have 
> two
> records against it for most repository contents).
> That means everyone using illumos-userland will need to re-clone for
> both mercurial and git. I know it's ugly, but I think this is pretty
> much the last point at which we can bite the bullet and clean this up
> properly--the other option is a workaround, whereas this is a painful
> fix. On the plus side, we'll finally have mirrors of the canonical
> available as illumos/illumos-userland.
> Cheers,
> Bayard

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