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Re: [m4] The source code has been broken for years

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [m4] The source code has been broken for years
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 15:03:05 -0500
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Revisiting an older thread,

On 9/12/20 10:15 PM, Michael Witten wrote:

> I see now that the home page (https://www.gnu.org/software/m4/) does indeed
> inform the user to checkout that particular branch:
>   git checkout -b branch-1.4 origin/branch-1.4
> I had a really old repo in which I just ran 'git pull', and so I did not
> know better.
> Is the 'master' branch intended to be abandoned? If so:
>   * Maybe it would be worthwhile to point 'master' to a commit that offers
>     nothing but a 'README' explaining the abandonment.

Now done (experimental 2.0 code is now in branch-2.0 instead).

I'm also wondering if I should take this opportunity to change 'master'
to 'main'; thoughts?

>   * Perhaps 'git config' offers some help. The variable 'transfer.hideRefs'
>     looks like it might be worth investigating, but I'm not certain.
>   * Run the following in the bare repository; it should help the user out
>     by informing 'git clone' which branch to set up as the default:
>       $ git symbolic-ref HEAD refs/heads/branch-1.4

I don't know if I have access to Savannah's bare repository storage.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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