[erlang-questions] A plead to use tags (or equivalent in your SCM system)

Max Bourinov <>
Wed Apr 25 11:26:48 CEST 2012


+1

It is very good practice to use tags to avoid such a problem.

Would be great, if lib maintainers will write in readme file how to include
deps in rebar.config in a proper way. Like this:

{webmachine, "1.9.*", {git, "git://github.com/basho/webmachine", {tag,
"1.9.0"}}},

This is just one line of code, but it will eliminate the following case:

- Which version should I use? Hm no any info available in readme... Let's
try master... OK, master works...
... after some time ...
- Oh not! What's going on?? WHy? Why did it happen to me?

:-)

Best regards,
Max




On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM, Tim Watson <>wrote:

> Thanks autocorrect - I'm not entirely sure that maintaining a 'dork'
> involves, but it sounds even worse than maintaining a 'fork' anyway!
>
> On 25 April 2012 09:18, Gmail <> wrote:
> > Massive +1 on this point. It's really hard to rely on stuff that isn't
> tagged and either the author has to maintain a dork of these libraries they
> depend on so as to control the changes (which is really quite a headache)
> or simply 'hope for the best). Neither of which is a good solution. Please
> version and tags your components if you intend them to be re-used!
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On 24 Apr 2012, at 20:43, "Heinz N. Gies" <> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi I've noticed that a lot of libraires depend on bleeding edge data I
> kind of find that disturbing it makes maintaining a stable environment
> close to impossible since one never knows
> >>
> >>
> >> what I mean are lines like this:
> >>
> >> {alog, ".*", {git, "https://github.com/siberian-fast-food/alogger.git",
> {branch, "master"}}}
> >>
> >> now if the alogger people push a breaking change your application
> breaks when depending on it, even worst if you don't even use alogger
> yourself but a library you use uses it a change in alogger would break your
> application without you having direct influence on it :(.
> >>
> >> So what I'd love to ask people who maintain libraries is use
> dependencies that have a fixed version and tag your own versions so people
> can do the same when using your stuff - please?
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Heinz
> >>
> >> PS: I just choose alogger as an example since it was the first I found
> - I love the thing :)
> >>
> >> --
> >> Heinz N. Gies
> >> 
> >> http://licenser.net
> >>
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