[fpc-pascal] How to get fpc and lazarus sources when svn has shut down?

Martin Frb lazarus at mfriebe.de
Thu Aug 12 09:46:16 CEST 2021

On 12/08/2021 06:26, Michael Van Canneyt via fpc-pascal wrote:
> Well, sorry to say, but I don't understand this.
> What's so hard about it ?
> It's like switching car brands from a VW to an Audi or so.
> Some buttons are in different places, your key will maybe look different,
> but that's it. It's a car, it brings you from a to b.
> A file version system manages versions of files. The actual commands 
> differ a little, but that's it.

That comparison is a bit to simple....
And the extend has also to be taken into account.

Lets say you switch from a European to a British car. In theory it is 
simple. The amount of time you try to find the hand/emergency break or 
gear stick and your hand goes down along the inside of the car's door.....

If all you need to do is use git for download, then well it is simple in 
terms, that indeed you just need a "translation".
If you have size restrictions, and can't do a full clone, you need a 
special translation (which you have to find, somewhere in a large manual).
Still if you have time, that is indeed simple. "simple, but one off time 

If you need to commit to, then its yet a bit more time consuming. And 
even if you read up, you will end up with a few surprises.
Like you may end up making a commit while detached. Or resetting your 
local tracking branch onto another remote branch.
It's all recoverable.
And for a lot of people at some point it may be worth it, because they 
have new knowledge. Be that only to be put on the CV, or be it that they 
actually benefit from it.

If you need to learn a platform like GitLab with it. Well, we have 
already examples for some pitfalls that it does have.
Example: In a merge-request, which the requestor rebased after making it 
(and before it got rebased) => there is a link, that shows the 
difference of the rebase. There is not much of an explanation there. It 
looks as if those commit between the 2 forkpoints (wrong name) are part 
of the merge request.

So every new set of features does add new pitfalls.

Still IMHO its more than worth it.

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