On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM, David Lang <da...@lang.hm> wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Jun 2013, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:
>> On Ruby:
>> Assuming "related" is a good idea, to make it as the proper part of
>> the system out of contrib/ when its design review phase is finished,
>> one of these things has to happen:
>> 1. Find a volunteer to rewrite it in one of the languages that we
>>    know the platforms our current users use already support, which
>>    means either C (not a good match), POSIX shell (not the best
>>    match), or Perl.
>> 2. Promote Ruby to the first-class citizen status, which involves
>>    making sure people on platforms that matter do not have problem
>>    adding dependency on it (I am primarily worried about MinGW
>>    folks), and also making sure core developers do not mind
>>    reviewing code written in it.
>> As long as we can get as high quality reviews on changes written in
>> Ruby as we do for the current codebase, it is OK to go route #2, and
>> that may hopefully happen in the longer term as and there will be
>> some people, among competent Ruby programmers, who have understood
>> how the pieces of entire Git are designed to fit together by the
>> time it happens.
>> I however do not know how much extra burden it would place to add
>> dependencies to platform folks, so obviously the safer approach is 1
>> at least in the immediate future.  My understanding is that msysgit
>> folks are already having trouble with Python, and we do not want to
>> go route #2 at least for now.  Having to ship a variant of Git with
>> NO_PYTHON is already bad enough.  And that is why the option 1 above
>> does not list Python as a possible candidate.
> As someone who builds minimalist builds (firewalls, openwrt, raspberry pi,
> etc), having to pull in a full ruby install to get git installed would not
> be something I'd like to see.

You wouldn't _have_ to, just like you don't _have_ to install Python right now.

Felipe Contreras
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