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Re: Gitlab Evaluation & Migration

On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 5:54 AM Martin Flöser <mgraesslin@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Am 2019-02-24 21:03, schrieb Ben Cooksley:
> > On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 8:31 AM Martin Flöser <mgraesslin@xxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> Am 2019-02-23 10:44, schrieb Ben Cooksley:
> >> > Hi all,
> >>
> >> > Based on all of the above we'd like to propose migrating towards
> >> > Gitlab. Comments?
> >>
> >> I'm totally honest here: I'm not happy about yet another migration.
> >> This
> >> will be the fifth reviewing toolkit I use for KDE (reviewboard for
> >> svn,
> >> reviewboard for git, gerrit, phabricator and now gitlab). Each of the
> >> transitions was painful for everyone involved and the commit rate to
> >> the
> >> project I was involved suffered from the transitions. As an example
> >> for
> >> the problems: KWin's hacking document still mentions reviewboard:
> >> https://community.kde.org/KWin/Hacking#Submitting_Changes
> >
> > Please don't over exaggerate the numbers here.
> >
> > Gerrit was never an official system for reviews, it was something that
> > was evaluated by a small group and which was never proceeded with as
> > an official whole-of-KDE solution.
> > Reviewboard for SVN/Git are basically the same thing (just a different
> > instance url), so this is only really the third system, not the fifth
> You missed the point. What I wrote is that the transitions were painful
> - also the very simple transition from svn.reviewboard to
> git.reviewboard was painful. That it was the same tool doesn't matter.
> It was still a transition, it meant looking at two places, lost reviews,
> update to documentation, change of workflow, etc. etc.
> Also gerrit was a tool I used for KDE hacking. I wrote it will be the
> fifth toolkit for me. That's true for me and I don't over exaggerate any
> numbers here.
> >
> > Please also bear in mind that we've been on Git now for coming up on 9
> > years (I have mails for git.kde.org starting around June 2010) so
> > switching systems twice in that time frame as software continues to
> > mature seems quite reasonable to me.
> Please keep also in mind that the git transition took a long time and
> started for different projects at different times. That you as sysadmin
> had mails going back so long does not mean others as well. I consider it
> as a transition too early after Phabricator was praised so much. I was
> sure that this would be a solution for the next decade.

Unfortunately this has turned out not to be the case, due to changing
needs of the community.

> >
> >>
> >> I'm not pleased that we want to transit to another solution after just
> >> a
> >> few years. I understand that there is the feeling that our phabricator
> >> solution limits contributions from newcomers. I don't believe that and
> >> are afraid of the long term developers walking away due to the changes
> >> (which is something I saw with every transition). I don't know whether
> >> I
> >> will continue to contribute if I have to relearn the tooling - my time
> >> for KDE is currently very limited. If I have an hour to hack and have
> >> to
> >> spend half the time on how to contribute now, that sucks and lowers
> >> motivation.
> >
> > If you've worked with Github before then Gitlab is very similar, so
> > the learning curve shouldn't be too steep.
> I haven't worked with github.
> >
> >>
> >> Changing the tooling will not solve any of the contribution problems.
> >> Instead we introduce new ones like all documentation going out of
> >> life.
> >>
> >> Please consider whether the advantages are really worth it.
> >
> > Please also see my comments re. Phabricator upstream as to part of the
> > reason why we're considering this, along with the feedback we received
> > at Akademy last year.
> Well I remember how phabricator was praised for the very responsive
> team. That seems to have changed. But who guarantees that gitlab will
> continue to be responsive and cooperative? Will we have to switch again
> if the team stops to be responsive?
> You asked for comments. I gave comment that I'm not pleased about yet
> another transition. Please keep that in mind. It means learning and
> interrupted workflows for every one. If you have already decided and
> don't want anybody to point out that transitions are painful, please
> don't ask for comments. Instead say that sysadmins decided. That's at
> least honest - your reply gives me the feeling the decision is already
> done and negative feedback was not expected. Sorry to feel this way.

Undertaking the process of transitioning from one tool to another is
not something we do lightly, as it not only involves disruption for
people who have to switch to a new set of tools, but also requires
substantial changes to the infrastructure (I will note that
Phabricator never took over hosting of our repositories)

No decision has been made, that's what this thread is about.
I may have my personal views on what may be best, but that's all they
are - my views.

> Cheers
> Martin