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Re: DEP-14: renaming master to main?

Den mån 22 juni 2020 kl 20:03 skrev Simon McVittie <smcv@debian.org>:
> > On Mon, 2020-06-22 at 17:50 +0200, Michael Biebl wrote:
> > > there has been a lot of talk recently about how master is a loaded term
> > > that should be avoided.
> > > If I read the news correctly, github and others are going to change the
> > > default master branch to main.
> > > I don't really have any strong opinion on that matter myself.
> Is there consensus that, in projects that want to rename away from
> 'master', 'main' is the best replacement name? (I've also seen 'default'
> or 'devel' suggested, for example.) Archive-wide changes in Debian tend
> to take a very long time, so we might want to wait until there's one
> choice that has obviously "won", to be consistent with other git users.

My half cent, as a bystander with regards to Debian, but a git user
elsewhere, is that "main" corresponds nicely with "mainline" which is
a common term in software projects.

"default" seems a bit dubious IMHO - it sort of seems to suggest
"commit here if you don't know any better". Which is maybe true for a
personal repo, but not a good suggestion if you are a new contributor
to some project, and new to git, since you should create a topic

"devel" or "develop" I've seen in some workflows that aims to keep
"master" super-stable, by performing integration of changes first to
"devel" and then after system testing and some sort of release,
"master" is updated in one go with a merge from "devel".


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