Friday, February 8th, 2008
In case folks hadn’t heard, Adium’s decided to make the switch to Mercurial, away from Subversion. David Smith wrote up a post to our development mailing list explaining why we chose Mercurial over other distributed version control systems.
Since I have prior Mercurial experience, I’ve been doing a bunch of the tooling for the switchover. In particular, Peter and I have been hacking on a tool to convert Adium’s Subversion repository to a Mercurial one. Due some unusual features of the Adium subversion repository, we weren’t able to use any of the existing conversion tools. While this is unfortunate, there’s always a silver lining: Firstly, it’s a great exercise and it’s always fun to work with Peter. Secondly, our tool is much more flexible, modular and hopefully faster than anything else out there.
There are still a few more little things to figure out before we’re ready to throw the switch, but I think that switching to Mercurial is going to be a big boost for our development process. I’m convinced that making it easier to experiment and to share those experiments with others is going to be a huge win for the project.