[Fwd: The Future of Irssi]
sanjay.ankur at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 08:29:30 UTC 2014
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> From: Alexander Færøy <ahf at 0x90.dk>
> To: irssi-users at dragoncat.net, irssi-dev at dragoncat.net
> Cc: Irssi Staff <staff at irssi.org>
> Subject: The Future of Irssi
> Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:27:11 +0200
> Irssi hasn't been under active development for the last few years. We
> want to
> change that. To make it easier for new contributors to get involved
> and stick
> around, we moved to where most open source contributors are spending
> time: the source is now maintained on Github.
> Contribution Model
> The repositories that are currently available at svn.irssi.org will,
> over a
> period of the next month, be migrated to our newly created Github
> (https://github.com/irssi). This means that no new commits will be
> made to our
> Subversion repositories and the Git repositories available on Github
> are from
> today the official way of getting the source code of Irssi. The
> primary Irssi
> client repository has already been migrated to Github and is available
> We will, starting today, expect contributors to fork the official
> repositories on Github, do their changes on a feature branch, and
> submit Github
> pull requests to us. The team will then review your changes and
> together, we will be able to get your code into the official Irssi
> This will make getting your contributions reviewed and merged smoother
> and it
> has the added benefit that your patches appears to be coming from you
> which in
> turn is helping to make the gap between being a core developer and a
> contributor close to non-existing.
> Issue Tracking
> This is one of the more controversial changes. Over time, you guys
> submitted tons of bugs to our bug tracker at bugs.irssi.org only to
> see them
> We will, starting today, stop using bugs.irssi.org and use Github's
> tracker instead.
> We have decided **not** to do any automated migration of the
> database. We realize that if we migrate everything over to Github,
> 1:1, it will
> only end up rotting in two bug trackers rather than in just one.
> We hope to see interested contributors help us checking which bugs
> that are
> still affecting Irssi and resubmit them to our Github issue tracker.
> We will manually go over opened bugs that contains patches to ensure
> that no
> code is left behind in the old tracker.
> The bug tracker will remain online as a reference, but we will
> redirect to
> Github for people interested in reporting bugs.
> Submitting scripts is historically something you guys have been good
> The way submitting scripts is currently done is that you write an
> email to
> scripts at irssi.org and someone from our team will manually add the
> script to the
> website. We're well aware that we've lagged behind requests to add new
> and update existing ones so we're hoping to improve that too.
> From now on, new scripts **must** be submitted, in a pull request, to
> irssi/scripts repository (https://github.com/irssi/scripts). The
> contains a description on how to contribute.
> This will make it much easier for our contributors to both add and
> their scripts in the repository. It will also make it a lot easier for
> us to
> review and get code into the repository.
> Scriptassist Users
> For users using `scriptassist.pl`, you can start using the new
> repository right
> away using:
> /set scriptassist_script_sources
> Otherwise, you can wait a month and the website will be migrated and
> should be working as usual, without you having to touch anything.
> Official IRC Channels
> We are moving the official development and user support channel to
> `#irssi` on
> freenode. Historically, we have had our official development channel
> on IRCnet,
> a social channel on EFnet and a user support channel on freenode, but
> realize it makes more sense to keep everything together at freenode.
> Closing Words
> The changes to our contribution model will also affect people who are
> from Subversion or scripts.irssi.org automatically.
> **Access to our Subversion repositories will be revoked and the move
> scripts.irssi.org to the new Github site will happen on July 31st,
> Until then, neither of the two systems will be maintained and no new
> will be published there.
> Until the migration to Github is completed, you can find our official
> repository at http://ghscripts.irssi.org/. tomaw will continue being
> in charge
> of scripts and will happily review your pull requests on Github.
> Feel free to reach out to anyone within the development team for
> comments or ideas. We are hanging out in the #irssi channel on
> freenode, EFnet
> and IRCnet. You can contact us using email at staff at irssi.org. You are
> welcome to PM me directly for questions; I am `ahf` on most of the
> larger IRC
> On behalf of the Irssi development team,
> Alexander Færøy
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