Pain points in Git's patch flow

Theodore Ts'o tytso at
Mon Apr 19 23:35:42 AEST 2021

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 02:57:54AM +0000, Eric Wong wrote:
> >   But for folks who don't have a dev environment ready at hand (new
> >   comers, during travel with only phone access), it would be nice to
> >   have a way to run tests without a dev environment.
> Fwiw, the GCC Farm project gives ssh accounts for all free
> software contributors, not just gcc hackers:
> Perhaps there's other similar services, too.
> Slow down and enjoy travel :)  There's very little in free
> software urgent enough to require constant attention.  Email is
> well-suited for asynchronous work, and nobody should expect
> instant replies.  The always-on nature of the modern Internet
> and smartphones increases stress and dangerous situations; so I
> hope free software hackers aren't contributing to that.

FWIW, I find the disconnected, e-mail based workflow using a
command-line interface to be *ideal* for working while travelling on
an airplane.  I'm mostly disconnected from the internet, because the
airplane wifi is so slow that you *really* don't want to use a
web-based interface, but I can use offlineimap to sync my e-mail onto
my laptop, and using the command-line interface and the lack of
distractions is great since you really can't surf the web on the
gogoonline's pathetically slow 'net access.

This also means I have an excuse to work on open source projects which
are using e-mail and off-line git, as opposed to $WORK which mandates
the use of gerrit.  :-)

(All of the above applies pre-pandemic, of course.  I've been working
from home and not travelling for the past year+, sigh.)

     	      	  	     	     	  - Ted

P.S.  Also, while working on the road, I find that web-based
interfaces are much more tolerable when I'm at my desk with a 40"
screen.  When I'm using a 13" laptop screen, I much prefer CLI
interfaces.  YMMV, of course.

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