Can we move bytestring to github?

Simon Marlow marlowsd at
Fri Feb 15 18:25:54 CET 2013

On 12/02/13 19:12, Ian Lynagh wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 08:15:51PM -0800, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
>> I know you're fond of darcs, but it's well established by experience that
>> we'll get many more contributions (both patches and problem reports) on
>> github.
> Have you got any evidence for that?
> I've just skimmed the "RFC: migrating to git" thread on
> glasgow-haskell-users@ in Jan 2011, and a handful of people gave some
> sort of indication that they might contribute (or contribute more) if
> GHC and its libraries switched to git. However, looking for them in the
> git commit logs (which admittedly isn't necessarily going to find all
> contributions from them, but it's the best I can easily do) for the
> almost-2-years since we migrated finds very few patches from them:

To be fair, GHC isn't really using github, we're using Trac.  The 
original assertion was that github would make it easier to contribute to 
bytestring, which doesn't have a Trac.  So no bug tracker or wiki or 
source code browser, and no way to keep track of contributions.  It's a 
no brainer, if you ask me.  Switching to git is a small price to pay 
(and git does get the job done, like it not).

When GHC switched to git it was not primarily to increase the rate of 
contributions, although we hoped that would happen too.  It was to make 
branching and merging easier, and I think there's ample evidence of that 
- we used to have approximately zero active branches, and now we have 


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