Summary/Minutes from today's FESCO meeting (2011-12-12 at 1800 UTC)

J. Bruce Fields bfields at
Tue Dec 13 19:06:34 UTC 2011

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 01:22:06PM -0800, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 10:47:53PM +0200, Ville Skyttä wrote:
> > On 12/12/2011 10:29 PM, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
> > 
> > > Patches should never be in the lookaside cache, because
> > > it is very difficult to view them.
> > 
> > IMO if that'd be a consideration, the lookaside cache shouldn't really
> > exist at all, everything should be in git instead.
> > 
> To some extent I agree with both sgallagh's sentiment and the logical
> conclusion you're drawing.  However, I think the lookaside cache is
> a necessary optimization/compromise to the ideal of putting everything into
> version control, though.  Current technology would make it prohibitive in
> terms of packager time (and for some packages, space on developer's
> machines) to put tarballs into git as the cloned repository would then
> contain every single new tarball the package ever had.

I'd be curious to know how expensive that actually was.

I'd think delta-compression could make it quite reasonable for the
typical project.  (Exceptions including things like games with lots of
binary data in each release.)


> So I think for me, lookaside isn't there to separate data from upstream from
> data generated by Fedora -- it's there to supplement the SCM when a file is
> not suitable for direct inclusion into the SCM.
> -Toshio

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