[Bioc-devel] Bioconductor Git/GitHub Mirrors

Michael Lawrence lawrence.michael at gene.com
Wed Jun 17 14:42:09 CEST 2015

It would be cool if we could somehow get the equivalent of the
bioconductor package page to show up as the "readme" on the github
page. Or at least, if there could be a very obvious link from the
mirror repository to the maintainer repository, without having to
click through to the Bioconductor package page, which might confuse
new users a bit.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM, Dan Tenenbaum <dtenenba at fredhutch.org> wrote:
> Dear Bioconductors,
> We're pleased to announce the availability of Bioconductor Git Mirrors.
> These are read-only GitHub repositories (available under https://github.com/Bioconductor-mirror)
> for every Bioconductor software package. These repositories are synchronized with our
> Subversion repository. Package maintainers (or anyone else) can fork these repositories
> and do their development on the fork. Complete documentation of the mirrors is at
> http://bioconductor.org/developers/how-to/git-mirror/
> These mirrors supersede the Git-SVN bridge, which is now deprecated.
> Creation of new bridges is disabled and maintainers who are using the bridge
> should migrate to the Git mirrors as soon as it's convenient, as the bridge
> will eventually go away. Instructions for migrating can be found at the above link.
> Some features of the new Git Mirrors, and why we feel they are a better solution than the Git-SVN bridge:
>  - The mirrors contain complete commit history.
>  - The mirrors contain release branches for Bioconductor 3.0 and 3.1, and
>    new releases will be added as they happen. You will no longer need
>    separate repositories for release and devel.
>  - Setup is easy and you no longer have to grant any permissions on your
>    repository to other users. You can commit directly to Subversion
>    using git-svn (https://git-scm.com/docs/git-svn).
>  - Each git commit appears in the SVN log as a distinct SVN commit; commits
>    are no longer grouped together as they were with the bridge. Each git
>    commit can be mapped to a specific svn commit, and vice versa.
>  - The Git mirrors are much more reliable.
>  - Use is flexible. You can use git locally (without GitHub) or you
>    can use GitHub as well, to take advantage of all its social coding features.
>  - Using GitHub's code search, you can search the entire Bioconductor codebase.
>    Here's a sample search: https://goo.gl/jI92Ys
>  - Subversion is fully supported and remains the cannonical repository; use
>    of Git and GitHub is optional.
> We are excited about these new mirrors (brought to you by the hard
> work of Jim Hester) and we hope you are too. Questions and comments are
> welcome on the bioc-devel mailing list.
> Dan
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