Working with Git

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Fri Oct 7 06:54:51 PDT 2016

> On Oct 6, 2016, at 12:36 PM, Rainer Müller <raimue at> wrote:
> On 2016-10-06 10:22, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> On Oct 6, 2016, at 02:33, Sterling Smith <smithsp at>
>> wrote:
>>> When is the macports repo on GitHub supposed to appear?
>> I have no ETA for you yet. "When it's ready." Part of being ready
>> includes having documentation about how we'll perform the tasks we
>> need to perform on GitHub, so people who know how to do that should
>> definitely contribute to the documentation, and people should ask
>> questions about things that aren't explained in the documentation.
> While I agree we need some basic rules, I do not think we need to make
> the instructions too complex. Nobody is going to read them anymore when
> they get too long.
> We should have an idea how we want to work, but we cannot anticipate
> everything. MacPorts has always formed its policies and workflows by
> learning how maintainers do their work. I think we should continue the
> process that way.
> There will always be problems with the transition to GitHub that can be
> discussed on the mailing list to find a common solution. Then it can be
> documented to point people to that if they have the same problem.

Yes. But I want to at least know how to perform the tasks that I currently perform with Trac and Subversion once we move to GitHub. I currently do not feel that I understand how to do that, and worry that I and other contributors who do not know Git very well will no longer be able to contribute effectively once we switch.

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