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Re: DEP-14: renaming master to main?

Colin Watson dijo [Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 10:13:31PM +0100]:
> I think my ranked preferences are:
>  1. devel (for the sorts of reasons smcv@ gave; also, debian/devel is a
>     nice allusion to this list)
>  2. trunk (historical familiarity from other VCSes)
>  3. main or maybe mainline (some tab-completion similarity to master,
>     though the confusion with components in a Debian context is
>     unfortunate)

I never really understood the word "trunk" when I used older
VCSes... Because, as a non-native English speaker, I always understood
"trunk" as the part of the car you store stuff in.

The "right" meaning is quite obvious, and it makes much more sense
when expressed together with "branches": What in Spanish we call
"tronco" (should be a giveaway! How come I never understood it
before?), the core part of a tree. Thing is, in English I always used
the word "stem" for it.

I'm only sending this message to help explain the term to other people
who might find it odd. So, a DVCS is a tree, and you can follow the
_trunk_ to find its "core" or "main" development direction.

There are many _branches_ splitting, first from the trunk itself, then
from other branches.

So, trunk makes quite a bit of sense for me in that light.

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