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Re: Deleting unused branches on github


On Mon, 7 Nov 2016 at 19:40 Elena Stepanova <elenst@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 11/07/2016 08:59 PM, Vicențiu Ciorbaru wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > I'm wondering if it makes sense to have an automatic cleanup process for
> > branches older than X months?
> Please don't do that. It happens that some work is delayed for really
> long period of time.
> Neither the first (by date) nor the second (by MDEV status) list are
> suitable for the automatic process. The third one (branches that are
> fully merged) might be, but it should be considered carefully, I don't
> have sufficient git expertise to decide if it's reliable enough.
> > We can potentially add some exceptions for work that needs to stay.
> How would it work? When you create a branch and work on something, you
> don't know yet that it would be delayed. Then it is, you think it's for
> a week maybe, switch to something else, and you won't remember to
> revisit the branch until the task comes back to life... Who would care
> about making it an exception, and when?

Alright, agreed. I was thinking of a way to make sure we don't end up with
a million branches again, but you're right that it's each developer's job
to clean up. Perhaps an automatic reminder after X months, once every Y
months? (X == 6, Y == 1?)