In a simplified description we have two sites (siteA and siteB), where siteA has the responsibility of productA and site B has the responsibility of productB in the same vob (cool_products). The folder structure in the vob is:
Lets say siteA has the mastership of the main branch type.
Is it possible to let siteB have the mastership of the main branch in productB and all files and folders beneath productB?
We have tested with multitool chmaster on productB and everything beneath it. And it works fine until someone at siteB wants to create a new file (or folder). Then we get the error message that siteB is not master of main and therefore only newfile.txt@@/main/0 is created (not newfile.txt@@/main/1). It looks like all new files must be created at siteA and then the mastership has to be transferred to siteB after creation. Is there a way to simplify this?
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Re: Working on same branch in different replicas2013-02-05T16:17:29ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.aer999 wrote:
> Is there a way to simplify this?
But don't do that...
You'll just make your own life difficult, full of surprises etc.
The simple way is to avoid giving a meaning in advance to branches: create them as you need them, and use labels instead.
There is a simple rationale for that: labels can be aliased (same version, different labels).
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Re: Working on same branch in different replicas2013-02-05T16:47:46ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.mkelem -master will do exactly what you're looking for (and it has a equivalent checkbox in the GUI, FYI). However, I would ask a slightly different question: Why not give the ProductB team its own VOB for code unique to that product? That avoids mastership issues entirely, and will reduce the "why can't I" calls and emails when mastership issues get in the way.
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Re: Working on same branch in different replicas2013-02-05T17:31:19ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.Thanks for your answers. The -master switch does exactly what I asked for. However it seems that both of you recommends to separate out productB in it's own VOB instead of using the -master switch. We will probably split the VOB and follow your recommendation.
Re: Working on same branch in different replicas2013-02-06T21:01:45ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
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> However it seems that both of you recommends to separate out productB in it's own VOB
While I reckon that spitting vobs will avoid the problem, this is not what I recommended.
I recommended to change the process, and to use branches differently.
In other words, to use a process not depending on mastership.
All mastership issues are self-inflicted wounds.
The chmaster command is necessary: it is used after creating a new replica, to make it self-mastered, and while removing a replica and thus a local vob copy). It is never needed otherwise.
Re: Working on same branch in different replicas2013-02-07T07:50:04ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
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To be a bit more specific, during development we usually work on different branches on siteA and siteB. But before we make a release we merge everything back to main and label the release on the main branch. We could change the process to merge back to a delivery branch instead. But to avoid mastership issues we need more then one delivery branch. We could choose to have one delivery branch for each product or site.
Marc: Is this closer to your recommendation?
However I'm not sure what you mean by: "The simple way is to avoid giving a meaning in advance to branches: create them as you need them, and use labels instead." In other words you allow releases to be labelled on whichever branch the developers happen to use?
Re: Working on same branch in different replicas2013-02-08T11:28:12ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.