Upstream we'll still need per-distro branches or folders anyway, sinceOn Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Stephen Milner <smilner redhat com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 2:28 PM, Dusty Mabe <dusty dustymabe com> wrote:
>> On 10/03/2017 09:58 AM, Stephen Milner wrote:
>>> In the last Atomic Community meeting I noted that keeping image files
>>> in sync across multiple repositories is going to become a support
>>> * ACTION: ashcrow jbrooks to start discussion on how to manage
>>> multiple container repos (jberkus, 16:19:09)
>>> As an example, the docker/container-engine image files reside in:
>>> - GitHub (CentOS and Fedora in different directories)
>>> - Fedora Repo (Fedora official builds)
>>> - RHEL Repo (RHEL builds)
>>> We consider the Fedora version in GitHub to be the upstream of all
>>> other image file sets. Each repo has it's own standards for inclusion
>>> which change the files slightly. Each also gets slight modifications
>>> over time by their repo owners for version specific bug fixes/standard
>>> updates. Add on that package names/configurations between the OS's may
>>> be different and it becomes clear that adding any bug fixes or
>>> enhancements to one file requires more work to keep files in sync than
>>> one would originally assume. Today we have just a small handful of
>>> these on our plate so we are able to manually keep the files in sync
>>> as we develop them. However, this won't scale as we continue to grow
>>> our images.
>>> Thinking quickly about the problem it seems like having a set of files
>>> upstream which are assembled into image files specific to their down
>>> stream repos would make a lot of sense. These could be generated
>>> either by the repo owners by using the upstream checkout and the
>>> assembly tool or generated by developers.
>> Does the mean the 'source of truth' for everything lives in this upstream
>> repo and then gets synced to downstream repos somehow? If so then I think
>> that is the right approach.
> That's how we've been thinking about it. Though in practice the source
> truth wanders to which ever repo owner finds and fixes the bug/adds
> the enhancement. Hopefully they, or someone else, alerts the other
> repo owners to merge in changes.
>>> - Are there any _existing_tools_ that could help with keeping files
>>> across repos in sync? (aside from git + eyes)
>>> - Are there any _existing_tools_ which would allow us to
>>> generate/populate image files from components?
>>> - Are there any recommend processes already in place that we could
>>> adopt to simplify syncing?
>> what we essentially need is a bot that:
>> - monitors changes in a git repo
>> - maps files in one git repo to files in another git repo
>> - when upstream repo file changes open PR against downstream repo
> Interesting idea! It will also have to understand areas to not sync
> down. Maybe through some sort of comment annotations in the file (IE:
> when something is a CentOS workaround only, etc..).
we'll always have different FROM lines
> Steve Milner
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