[Exherbo-dev] Exherbo-dev Digest, Vol 103, Issue 4

Irvin Choi simdol8080 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 12:53:24 UTC 2016

I would like to follow up what Somasis has said in the last email. I
currently do have a GitLab server, mirroring Exherbo's git servers
intending to create a mirror for faster git access for Exherbo users. I
submitted a patch about adding this to Eherbo website few months ago (might
be less or more) but was not approved. If anyone is interested, I am
willing to provide server for gitlab for Exherbo community. I've made this
proposal to philantrop, but he has denied my proposal stating that gerrit
will be used instead. Although it is not my intention to bring this up as a
way to dismiss philantrop's wishes, I am generally curious about what
others (including developers), think about replacing Gerrit with gitlab. I
own a VPS with NGINX server, so that is not much a problem for me.


On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM, <exherbo-dev-request at lists.exherbo.org>

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> Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:43:47 -0500
> From: Kylie McClain <kylie at somasis.com>
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> Subject: Re: [Exherbo-dev] To Gerrit or not to Gerrit ...
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> On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 2:03 PM,  <kim at khh.dk> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Wulf: I am not trying to step on your work, let me know if you think it
> > should be done otherwise
> >
> > We are currently in the situation that the main place for our code
> reviews
> > is gone which is unfortunate.  I would like to put in some work to change
> > that, preferably in a way where multiple "sys-admin" Exherbo developers
> can
> > help each other maintain it.
> >
> > Since Gerrit is not the easiest piece of software to setup/maintain and
> > since I personally do not prefer the Gerrit workflow (making it as hard
> as
> > possible to work on a branch of commits and creating a tendency for devs
> to
> > create large commits to make it easier for the review process) I would
> like
> > to ask if you think:
> >
> > - We need Gerrit back
> >
> > or
> >
> > - We need a place to help review code
> GitLab.com might be an option.
> Pros:
> - We put maintenance of code review infrastructure on another group
> - Open-source (MIT/expat license), so we can self-host if we want to
> - Has a lot of integration plugins already implemented; Jenkins, Irker...
> - Has two-way mirroring like Gerrit
> - Allows for three different merge request workflows (merge commits
> vs. rebasing); this is useful for how Paludis' repo is maintained
> since merge commits are common on it, but our repos use rebasing
> - Has options for only letting merge requests be merged if they pass tests
> - Repositories, issues, etc. can be exported if we ever want to self-host
> - Has many login options: GitHub, Google, Twitter, BitBucket
> Cons:
> - We put maintenance of code review infrastructure on another group,
> so if they go down for a bit, we lose code review functionality
> - CLI clients are a little lacking (however
> https://github.com/numa08/git-gitlab looks promising imo)
> - You could argue that the public instance (GitLab.com) is a little
> slow in terms of response speed at times.
> That said, self-hosting is an option. I was at first thinking we could
> do that, but then maintaining it on my VPS came to be a bit of a
> hassle (mostly due to them recommending nginx, and I want to use
> lighttpd...). Plus, GitLab.com is already here, it requires less set
> up or maintenance on our part, and so far they've been pretty good
> with uptime. They upgrade to the newest GitLab release on the 22nd of
> every month, they announce maintainence periods, and overall I think
> it's better than something like GitHub for the fact that it's
> open-source and we aren't as locked in to one vendor as we would be if
> we used them.
> Thoughts? In the mean time I created a group on GitLab.com at
> https://gitlab.com/exherbo so we can test it a little if desired; just
> ask me to add you to the group if you want to.
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