[Development] Qt6 repo

Robert Löhning robert.loehning at qt.io
Fri Jan 15 21:00:31 CET 2021

 > * Wait a month, remove symlink, wait a month

I guess a week on each side will be sufficient, but please reserve some 

That said: +1


Am 15.01.2021 um 11:50 schrieb Volker Hilsheimer:
> +1, thanks Eddy.
> Cheers,
> Volker
>> On 15 Jan 2021, at 11:41, Nibedit Dey <nibedit.dev at gmail.com> wrote:
>> +1
>> Thank you Edward for the proposal.
>> It sounds good to me.
>> Best Regards,
>> Nibedit
>> On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 3:17 PM Edward Welbourne <edward.welbourne at qt.io> wrote:
>> Nibedit Dey (14 January 2021 22:18) wrote:
>>> Qt5 repo contains many branches and some have ambiguous names with
>>> respect to the Qt version. e.g: It is not clear whether the dev branch
>>> is applicable to Qt5 development or Qt6.
>> That ambiguity, at least, would go away if the module were called qt.git
>> instead of qt5.git; and we can easily do that, once we rename the old
>> qt.git to qt4.git (long over-due anyway), without affecting significant
>> numbers of people (Qt 4 is now history).
>>> We will wait for the Qt maintainers to take a call on this topic and
>>> let us know the decision.
>> Well, this mailing list *is* where and how the Qt maintainers make such
>> decisions, so let's have a concrete proposal (not new, just spelled out
>> here for the sake of concreteness):
>> * Rename the old qt.git to qt4.git
>> * Change anything that previously referenced qt.git to point to qt4.git
>> * Rename qt5.git to qt.git
>> * Retain a qt5.git symlink to qt.git on our public servers, so that
>>    those with checkouts using any of them as a remote (notably everyone's
>>    gerrit remote set up by init-repository) don't suffer disruption
>> * Change all instructions for how to work on Qt development to talk
>>    about the qt.git repo
>> The 5.* branches in qt.git will then obviously be the Qt 5 branches; the
>> 6.* branches will equally obviously be the Qt 6 branches.  That dev is a
>> future Qt 6 version shall be a reasonable guess, although eventually dev
>> shall be the branch for Qt 7 development after we've released the last
>> Qt 6 minor; but that won't make much difference to a contributor, in any
>> case.  Once 7.* branches show up it'll be natural to suppose dev relates
>> to them, in the same way.
>> Then we have a simple qt.git as the super-repo for Qt, in all versions
>> after Qt 4, alongside the repositories for all the sub-modules that get
>> checked out under it, at least by the release team, notwithstanding that
>> some developers may be doing other things that better suit their own
>> workflows.
>> At some point in the distant future, we'll be able to delete the qt5.git
>> symlink, but we have no reason to to rush.
>> If we are feeling really paranoid, we can split the first two steps up
>> into
>> * Move qt.git to qt4.git, put in place a qt.git symlink pointing to it,
>> * Change all public mentions of qt.git to qt4.git
>> * Wait a month, remove symlink, wait a month
>> or insert some other time intervals in place of month, that suffice to
>> give a decent chance that anyone affected will trip over the change and
>> get their chance to catch up on what's happened, before qt.git changes
>> its meaning entirely.  But I doubt we need to be this paranoid.
>> All discussion of *what* resides in qt.git, including whether to break
>> out the Coin provisioning stuff to another module, is separate from this
>> so can be handled as a separate discussion (please change Subject).
>>          Eddy.
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