[development] convert all DRUPAL-4-7 *tags* into *branches* at once?

Derek Wright drupal at dwwright.net
Thu Jan 18 19:12:26 UTC 2007

this is about the infamous "sticky tag is not a branch" error  
described here:

our contrib repository is littered with "DRUPAL-4-7" tags that should  
really be branches.  back in the dark ages before the new release  
system, it didn't matter that much, and our CVS repository access  
control scripts didn't care.  now it matters a great deal, and the  
scripts enforce that all new branches and tags fit our naming  
convention and do what they should (i.e. "DRUPAL-5" must be a branch,  
and "DRUPAL-5--1-0" must be a tag)...

however, there's still a bunch of older tags that should be  
converted.  about a month ago, there were 75 DRUPAL-4-7 tags that  
should be branches.  a few of them already have support issues  
waiting.  it's a pain in the ass for the CVS admins (me), and it's a  
pain in the ass for the end developers (some of you).

in http://drupal.org/node/103429 i propose to just write a script to  
do this conversion all at once, so that developers don't have to  
stumble into this problem on their own, and i don't have to do any  
more manual effort to help correct things on a case-by-case basis.

does anyone object to this proposal?  if so, please follow-up here  
and say so:

otherwise, i might try and get to this sometime early next week,  
since the manual support load this problem is generating is driving  
me nuts, and slowing me down from doing Real Work(tm).


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