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Re: Scratch an itch


On 07/12/2018 07:38 PM, Stefan Podkowinski wrote:
this point? Also, if we tell someone that their contribution will be
reviewed and committed later after 4.0-beta, how is that actually making
a difference for that person, compared to committing it now for a 4.x
version. It may be satisfying to get a patch committed, but what matters
more is when the code will actually be released and deferring committing
contributions after 4.0-beta doesn't necessarily mean that there's any
disadvantage when it comes to that.

Deferring huge amount of commits gives rebase/redo hell. That's the biggest impact and the order in which these deferred commits are then actually committed can make it more painful or less painful depending on the commit. And that in turn will have to then wait for each contributor to rebase/redo their commit and those timings might make more rebase issues. If those committers will want to rebase something after n-months or have time at that point.

That's a problem for all Cassandra patches that take huge time to commit and if this block takes a lot of time, then that will for sure be even more painful. I know products such as Kubernetes does the same (I guess that's where this idea might have come from) "trunk patches only", but their block is quite short.

My wish is that this freeze does not last too long to kill enthusiasm towards committing to Cassandra. There are (I assume) many hobbyist who do this as a side-project instead of their daily work and might not have the capabilities to test 4.0 in a way that will trigger bugs (easy bugs are fixed quite quickly I hope). And if they feel like it's not worth the time at this point to invest time to Cassandra (because nothing they do will get merged) - they might move to another project. And there's no guarantee they will return. Getting stuff to the product is part of the satisfaction and without satisfaction there's no interest in continuing.

  - Micke

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