[development] DRUPAL-5-0 tag/branch available

Gerhard Killesreiter gerhard at killesreiter.de
Fri Sep 15 00:07:30 UTC 2006

Steven Wittens wrote:
>> In your mind, does tagging a module for 5.0 imply that the module is 100%
>> ready for production, or only that it is functional to the point of 
>> not causing
>> any fatal errors or breaking the overall system?
>> I guess I'm looking for guidelines on how far along a module should be 
>> before
>> being tagged for 5.0, given that Drupal core itself is a moving target 
>> right
>> now, and core changes might break a module that previously worked with 
>> HEAD.
> You asked Dries, but here's my opinion... ;)

Same here.

> A module without a 5.0 tag does not tell an end user anything. It could 
> be bleeding edge, but it could also be an outdated module. There is no 
> way for them to know.

Well, I'd expect that a module tagged with 5.0 should at least have the 
basic conversion from 4.7 done. Simply tagging now with the idea of 
updating when I've got time and interest isn't helping at all.

I am not sure you wanted to imply that but I wanted to state my opinion 

> If you are making an effort to maintain your module, then you should 
> definitely tag it. If an end-user downloads a module tagged as 5.0, but 
> it does not work, then they know that they can expect an update in the 
> future. If it's not tagged as HEAD, they are left in the dark.

I'd be very annoyed if a module is tagged as 5.0 but it doesn't work at 
all with a current RC. Some glitches are of course to be expected.

> Late tagging IMO slow down the release of Drupal core 4.7.0 before: too 
> many contributed modules were not tagged, causing too many people to 
> stick to 4.6. In spite of us releasing several betas, it took until the 
> final release candidate for people to really start testing the release 
> and finding some easy to spot bugs.

Well, 4.7 was different from all the releases we have done before in 
that it rewrote large parts of a subsystem in a way we hadn't done it 
before. The change from 4.7 to 5.0 is in many ways more similar to the 
changes from 4.5 to 4.6.

> In short: tagging, yes please, as soon as possible.

But only if you made some effort in converting it...


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