[Bioperl-l] bioperl-dev or branch?

Chris Fields cjfields at illinois.edu
Fri May 22 03:38:08 UTC 2009

On May 21, 2009, at 6:31 PM, Robert Buels wrote:

> Hilmar Lapp wrote:
>> something to be folded into the main trunk sooner or later, what  
>> would be the reasons for not putting it into a branch of the main  
>> repository? If we are putting it into a separate repository, we're  
>> waiving a lot of svn's support for merging and resolving concurrent  
>> edits.
> Just to clarify, it doesn't look like bioperl-dev is actually in a  
> separate repo, it's just separated from bioperl-live as a different  
> distribution, but still in the 'bioperl' repository.  So it seems to  
> me there's no need to worry about being able to merge from it.
> Sorry if I'm butting in on the larger organization issue here, since  
> I don't exactly have any history with this group, but here are my 2  
> cents, they may or may not make sense: I would agree with Sendu's  
> assertion that there doesn't really seem to be a need for a separate  
> distribution for highly experimental things, that role would  
> probably be most straightforwardly performed by a branch of the  
> appropriate bioperl-* distribution.

Ah, but we're trying to put core on a diet and not arbitrarily drop  
code in. There's lots of cruft, dead hunks o' code floating about in  
bioperl that could be moved/removed. I have no qualms on getting rid  
of stuff that no longer works or never worked as intended (see my  
reverts on feature/annotation, or deprecation/removal of modules in  
the last release).  I would like to see some unmaintained core modules  
go the same route (I'm staring directly at you, Bio::SF::Annotated).

> In fact, having a separate bioperl-dev distribution could actually  
> be a headache for anybody wanting to actually install it (as in make  
> install from a tarball or something), since anything radioactive  
> enough to be in there is quite likely going to *conflict* namespace- 
> wise or at least functionality-wise with what's in bioperl-live.

Nope, that's not it's purpose (we would branch for that). If our  
regression tests are worth their salt they should catch issues with  
code merged back in.

> And by the way (I may be opening a can of worms here), wouldn't  
> bioperl-live be more appropriately called bioperl-core?
> Rob

Yes, it should (as jason points out). As mentioned we could alias it...


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