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

Chris Ray via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jun 2 09:04:40 PDT 2016

Sourcetree is pretty good on windows, and I hear ok things about Git Extensions.  I have not used the GitHub app though.

I typically use Sourcetree to view the logs, and command line for everything else.

From: llvm-dev [mailto:llvm-dev-bounces at lists.llvm.org] On Behalf Of Craig, Ben via llvm-dev
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:01 AM
To: llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] Switching to git (Windows experience) (was re:[cfe-dev] GitHub anyone?)

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><mailto: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).



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