[VOTE] Switch 'master' to 'main' branch for repositories

Fernando Frediani fhfrediani at gmail.com
Sun Mar 5 18:02:07 PST 2023

Well put.
It may seem a little thing now but it may have the potential do open 
doors to other bad things in terms of expression. As mentioned example 
is important, even in the smaller things.

Interesting that fewer that are in favor of it tried to elaborate 
something and unfortunately without any technical merit so far. Instead 
those against have put several examples of the issues this may bring.
I wanted to ask those who voted to remain neutral to re-evaluate their 
view and change their vote to No. Neutrality is not the best for a topic 
like this.

Best regards

On 05/03/2023 22:13, Yousong Zhou wrote:
> Hi,
> I vote no on this.
> One thing is that like others I see no technical gain in doing this.
> They are doing a good job but for this cvs branch renaming thing I
> think time can be better spent on other matters than purging existing
> non-evil, no-bad-intentioned use of the word "master".
> The other thing is that I am worried that this may be going too far
> and the world getting too sensitive to such added rules to a point
> that will hurt expression.
> Regards,
>                  yousong
> On Mon, 27 Feb 2023 at 15:06, Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> More and more projects are switching their repositories to use the
>> 'main' branch instead of the 'master' branch. This also includes many
>> Linux upstream trees as well. Some trees are even removing their
>> 'master' branches already.
>> I think this is becoming more and more mainstream and expected of
>> projects, so we should do the same.
>> I would like to propose the following:
>> 1. Change the git server side to automatically update the 'master'
>> branch, whenever an update is pushed to 'main'.
>> It's important to have a long transition period in order to avoid
>> breaking downstream users' workflows.
>> 2. Change the git server side to refuse a push to 'master' if 'main'
>> exists. This avoid accidental branch divergence
>> 3. Developers simply change their git configs to always push to 'main'
>> Once this change is well established, we can look into removing
>> 'master', but we should definitely take our time with that.
>> - Felix
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