Archive for September, 2010

Martin Pool

want to work on Bazaar?

I’ve worked with Robert Collins for the last 5 years or so at Canonical, and it’s been a real pleasure. Now Robert’s moving on to a great new rôle at Canonical, as technical architect of Launchpad. I can’t think of a better job for him, or a better person for the role, and it’s already paying off through Launchpad becoming faster (shorter page timeouts and hitting them less often) and I think more fun to work on. (See also his stump speech.)

Now we’re looking for a very good software engineer to join the Bazaar team at Canonical, working both on the core tool itself and on how it’s used by Ubuntu developers. We would love to get more applications from people with packaging or distro experience. I want to work with someone who’s very driven, who’ll reach out to their users and not wait to be told what to do, someone who knows the whole environment we work in, and someone who cares about doing good things.

Martin Pool

poll: deleting directories containing unversioned files

At the moment bzr treats deletion of a directory containing unversioned files (either ignored or unknown) as a conflict.

This is a bit annoying because often the unversioned files are generated trash, like .pyc files from Python. However in some cases people do have “precious” files that are ignored but shouldn’t be just deleted.

Vincent has a merge proposal up that will instead move the files into a bzr-orphans directory in the root of the tree.

What would you like to have happen? My feeling is that there should be a configuration option to choose the policy, and we should perhaps eventually distinguish “junk” (safe to delete) from “precious”, as Baz and GNU Arch did.

Martin Pool

farewell, Ian

I am grieved to say that my friend and colleague Ian Clatworthy died last night, after a long and horrible struggle with cancer. He and his wife Geri celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary yesterday before he passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home, with his family.

I’ve known Ian for eleven years and he has worked at Canonical since 2007. He made large contributions to Bazaar, including launching and driving the bzr-explorer project. Even though he had many technical and business achievements, the most remarkable and inspiring thing was what a thoroughly nice man he was. He was determined to change the world for the better, both in software and in how people relate to each other, and he accomplished both. He will be missed, and remembered.

– Martin

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Ian Clatworthy 1966-2010