[llvm-dev] Switching to git (Windows experience) (was re:[cfe-dev] GitHub anyone?)

Craig, Ben via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jun 2 07:00:36 PDT 2016

The GitHub app is ok.  Not great, but ok.  I guess this is one point in 
favor of GitHub vs. other git providers.  As a maintainer on a different 
project, I still had to jump out to the command line pretty frequently, 
as we had a squashed pull-request work flow.

I did not have much success with git plugins for Visual Studio. They 
seemed to be tuned towards in-tree builds.  I didn't spend enough time 
to figure out how to get them to work with out-of-tree builds.  More 
specifically, I recall that Visual Studio really expected the project 
and solution to be in source control, and in the same directory 
hierarchy as the source.  It's been a year since I've messed with them 
though, so things might have gotten better.

On 6/2/2016 7:43 AM, Aaron Ballman via llvm-dev wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 6:31 PM, Renato Golin <renato.golin at linaro.org> wrote:
>> I think we should start two other threads: one about git tooling on Windows
>> and one about infrastructure problems migrating to git.
> Some developers on Windows prefer to use GUI tools like TortoiseSVN to
> command line tools for version control. The last time I tried
> TortoiseGit on Windows (which was over a year ago), it did not feel
> ready for production use on a complex project to me (I had crashes on
> simple operations, and it seems I was not alone in seeing flaky
> behavior: https://gitlab.com/tortoisegit/tortoisegit/issues/1738 and
> https://gitlab.com/tortoisegit/tortoisegit/issues/2494 as examples).
> Are there suitable GUI tools for git on Windows for projects as
> complex as LLVM? I believe MSVC has some integration, but I've not
> used it before. Perhaps other tools exist that match the integration
> and stability that TortoiseSVN has with Explorer?
> I bring this up as a possible minor concern because asking people to
> switch from one set of command line commands to another set of command
> line commands is a different beast than asking people to switch from
> Explorer-integrated menus and dialogs to the command line (that's a
> drastically different workflow to achieve the same end result of
> source code version control).
> ~Aaron
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