RFC: migrating to git

Lars Viklund zao at acc.umu.se
Mon Jan 10 15:00:05 CET 2011

On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 01:27:17PM +0000, Simon Marlow wrote:
> On 10/01/2011 13:02, Max Bolingbroke wrote:
>> 2) There was also concern that Git isn't so great on Windows. I have
>> heard that this is less of an issue now, but I never personally
>> suffered from any problems, so can't be sure. (FWIW I used Git on
>> Windows industrially ~1 year ago for 3 months and didn't have
>> problems, though the people around me occasionally had issues with
>> e.g. case insensitivity causing obscure error messages).
> Again, it would be a prerequisite that all our workflows work on Windows  
> too.  We'd have to do some research to check for problems.

The environment provided by msysgit is reasonably usable, and
performance hasn't been much trouble for me personally.

The binaries from it can also be used in syntevo's SmartGit product,
which has a free license for non-commercial purposes, so if the gitk
tools of msysgit are considered inadequate, SmartGit tends to get the
job done.

The only problem I've had with msysgit is that it has its own set of
compilers and msys tools, which might conflict with the existing
toolchains used with GHC, something which I'm unsure if it's solvable as
Git has a horrible tendency to rely on having shell tools to do its ill

As for whether to change or not, I'm neutral as I'm not a contributor
nor have any plans to be.

Lars Viklund | zao at acc.umu.se

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