[Spread-users] Public CVS?

Jon Stevens jon at latchkey.com
Mon Sep 17 17:39:19 EDT 2001

on 9/17/01 2:20 PM, "Jonathan Stanton" <jonathan at cnds.jhu.edu> wrote:

> No one has ever said to me (at least) why they want anonymous cvs and what
> it gives them that they do not have right now. I know a number of projects
> do have anonymous cvs, but even more do not have any cvs at all.

There are 26,673 projects on SF. I would say that the majority of those that
I browsed through have anoncvs open. Note: I know that isn't a real good
number, but reality is that the majority of projects out there do have it.
Not having public anon cvs is not the norm.

I want it because:

#1. I don't want to have to ask for an account just to get access to the
latest source code.
#2. I want to be able to be anonymous.
#3. It is part of my belief system that every truly successful OSS project
has it.

> I want to support anyone who wants to be a part of Spread, but that does
> not extend to being anyone's servant who does what he is told.

I'm not telling you to do it. I'm ASKING you to do it.

> I view cvs as a technical tool that provides certain services.

I view CVS as a tool to allow developers to work together concurrently.

> If there is
> a service you cannot get from what we have setup right now (besides
> anonymity), tell us (and the list) and we can see how to achieve that
> service if it is useful and good for everyone.

I cannot get access to the anonymous public CVS. How can we achieve that?

> I didn't believe it was an election. I view projects, especially ones as
> small as Spread, to work on consensus, not democracy. When they get large
> enough that everyone can't have a conversation together and agree, then
> you go the next step to more scalable management and decision making but
> Spread is not anywhere near that size yet.

And my point is that there are 6 people out there that are voting (in
consensus style) that they want public CVS.

> One suggestion someone had was an automated web form that generates cvs
> accounts. I do want to do that and hopefully will get it working sometime
> soon.

This is what Apple does for access to the Darwin CVS tree. That is
acceptable because a generated account is just as anonymous.


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