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Re: Revisit the proposal to use github PR


I'm not clear on what github makes worse. It preserves more history then the JIRA approach. When people invitably force push their branches you can't tell from the link to a branch on JIRA. Github preserves the comments and force push history so you know what version of the code each comment applied to. Github also tracks when requests for changes are acknowledged and resolved.  I have had to make the same change request many times and keep track independently whether it was resolved. This has also resulting in mistakes getting merged when I missed a comment that was ignored.

Now that github can CC JIRA that also CCs to commits@. It's better then JIRA comments because each comment includes a small diff of the code the comment applies to. To do that in JIRA I have to manually link to the code the PR and most people don't do that for every comment so some of them are inscrutable after the fact. Also manually created links sometimes refer to references that disappear or get force pushed. It's a bit tricky to get right.

To me arguing against leveraging a better code review workflow (whether github or some other tool) is like arguing against using source control tools. Sure the filesystem and home grown scripts can be used to work around lack of source control, but why would you?

I see two complaints so far. One is that github PRs encourage nitpicking. I don't see tool based solution to that off the cuff. Another is that github doesn't by default CC JIRA. Maybe we can just refuse to accept improperly formatted PRs and look into auto rejecting ones that don't refer to a ticket?


On Thu, Dec 13, 2018, at 12:20 PM, Aleksey Yeschenko wrote:
> There are some nice benefits to GH PRs, one of them is that we could 
> eventually set up CircleCI hooks that would explicitly prevent commits 
> that don’t pass the tests.
> But handling multiple branches would indeed be annoying. Would have to 
> either submit 1 PR per branch - which is both tedious and non-atomic - 
> or do a mixed approach, with a PR for the oldest branch, then a manual 
> merge upwards. The latter would be kinda meh, especially when commits 
> for different branches diverge.
> For me personally, the current setup works quite well, and I mostly 
> share Sylvain’s opinion above, for the same reasons listed.
> —
> AY
> > On 13 Dec 2018, at 08:15, Sylvain Lebresne <lebresne@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> > Fwiw, I personally find it very useful to have all discussion, review
> > comments included, in the same place (namely JIRA, since for better or
> > worse, that's what we use for tracking tickets). Typically, that means
> > everything gets consistently pushed to the  commits@ mailing list, which I
> > find extremely convenient to keep track of things. I also have a theory
> > that the inline-comments type of review github PR give you is very
> > convenient for nitpicks, shallow or spur-of-the-moment comments, but
> > doesn't help that much for deeper reviews, and that it thus to favor the
> > former kind of review.
> > 
> > Additionally, and to Benedict's point, I happen to have first hand
> > experience with a PR-based process for a multi-branch workflow very similar
> > to the one of this project, and suffice to say that I hate it with a
> > passion.
> > 
> > Anyway, very much personal opinion here.
> > --
> > Sylvain
> > 
> > 
> > On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 2:13 AM dinesh.joshi@xxxxxxxxx.INVALID
> > <dinesh.joshi@xxxxxxxxx.invalid> wrote:
> > 
> >> I've been already using github PRs for some time now. Once you specify the
> >> ticket number, the comments and discussion are persisted in Apache Jira as
> >> work log so it can be audited if desired. However, committers usually
> >> squash and commit the changes once the PR is approved. We don't use the
> >> merge feature in github. I don't believe github we can merge the commit
> >> into multiple branches through the UI. We would need to merge it into one
> >> branch and then manually merge that commit into other branches. The big
> >> upside of using github PRs is that it makes collaborating a lot easier.
> >> Downside is that it makes it very difficult to follow along the progress in
> >> Apache Jira. The messages that github posts back include huge diffs and are
> >> aweful.
> >> Dinesh
> >> 
> >>    On Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:10:12 AM GMT+5:30, Benedict Elliott
> >> Smith <benedict@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> 
> >> Perhaps somebody could summarise the tradeoffs?  I’m a little concerned
> >> about how it would work for our multi-branch workflow.  Would we open
> >> multiple PRs?
> >> 
> >> Could we easily link with external CircleCI?
> >> 
> >> It occurs to me, in JIRA proposal mode, that an extra required field for a
> >> permalink to GitHub for the patch would save a lot of time I spend hunting
> >> for a branch in the comments.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >>> On 12 Dec 2018, at 19:20, jay.zhuang@xxxxxxxxx.INVALID wrote:
> >>> 
> >>> It was discussed 1 year's ago:
> >>
> >>> As all Apache projects are moving to gitbox:
> >>, should we revisit that and
> >> change our review/commit process to use github PR?A good example is
> >> Spark:"Changes to Spark source code are proposed, reviewed and committed
> >> via Github pull requests" (
> >>> /jay
> >> 
> >> 
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