February status update

Posted in Miscellaneous, Status Update on March 17th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – 20 Comments

Things have calmed down somewhat since the v0.14.2.1 release and I’ve been wanting to post an update on my RabbitVCS-related goings on.  So what have I been up to?

Well, some of you may have heard about GNOME 3, which is scheduled to be released within a month or two. Unfortunately, the current versions of both nautilus-python and RabbitVCS are completely broken in GNOME 3 because PyGTK has not and will not be ported to GTK+3, and nautilus-python is what RabbitVCS uses to interface with the Nautilus extension framework.  The good news is that not only am I the maintainer for RabbitVCS, I’m the nautilus-python maintainer as well!  I’ve just about gotten the new bindings to work correctly on GNOME 3 and will put out a release as soon as possible.  They will require Nautilus 3 and the next bug-fix release of PyGObject 2.28 (I uncovered a bug in the current version).

The result of all of this is that I will need to port RabbitVCS’s Nautilus client to GTK+3, and possibly the rest of RabbitVCS as well.  It’s going to get a little hairy for a while as we figure out what to do.  So if anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears.

I’m also the maintainer of thunarx-python, which I started originally as a project on github.com, and I recently did my first release as an officially hosted Xfce project!  I just released v0.2.3 last weekend and the project is stable and ready to be packaged by distributions.

Once I get this nautilus-python release out the door, I will start focusing on RabbitVCS bugs once again and maybe make some more progress on advancing towards v0.15.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

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Release announcement for RabbitVCS v0.14.2.1

Posted in Release on February 18th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – 3 Comments

Someone found a minor bug in the setup.py file for v0.14.2, so here is v0.14.2.1 which fixes that bug.

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14.2.1 at:
http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Note: We will have new packages in our PPA presently.

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

Adam

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Release announcement for RabbitVCS v0.14.2!

Posted in Release on February 17th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – Be the first to comment

Today we are releasing RabbitVCS v0.14.2, a bug fix release that should go a long way towards improving the experience for git users.  There are some treats for svn users as well, though.

  • Bug #483. Protect from a key error if no message attribute is present in the log item.
  • Fixed the git status to show untracked files as untracked, not normal
  • Allow the git status checker to handle repositories in symbolically linked directories
  • Bug #486. Fix locale/encoding issues with the date string coming in from git.
  • Bug #502 Annotate no longer cuts off lines with closing parentheses in them (it’s a git command line response parsing issue)
  • Fix the log context menu command that compares with the previous revision
  • Bug #501, Check if the log revision items list is empty before trying to display it
  • Bug #499, Don’t show the Working Copy revision in the changes revision selectors
  • In the command line, expand specified paths to make it easier to detect working copies
  • No more relying on hard-coded paths, now we can install to any arbitrary prefix

There are definitely more bug fixes to come in v0.14.3, but I wanted to get these out the door since my time to work on them is going to be diminished for a while.

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14.2 at:
http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Note: We will have new packages in our PPA presently.

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

Adam

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Looking forward to the v0.15 release

Posted in Miscellaneous on January 12th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – 14 Comments

The release cycle for v0.14 ended up being quite long for a variety of reasons, and though I accomplished most of my goals for the release (adding git support, improving the nautilus extension), there is always more to do, more functionality to add and more bugs to fix.

Our next release

Since I started working on this project (2+ years now), there has been a subtle pattern to our releases.  v0.12 was a complete rewrite of the original framework along with a bunch of new functionality, and v0.13 added onto it, filling out the functionality and fixing bugs.  v0.14 was similar to v0.12 in that it pushed some boundaries by adding git support, and I think v0.15 should continue the pattern by filling out the existing functionality and not doing anything too ambitious.  I originally had planned on adding support for another VCS in v0.15, but instead it will be used as a stepping stone for v0.16.

With that said, here is roughly what I’d like to accomplish for v0.15 (subject to changes of course):

  • Add a recursive/asynchronous status monitor to the Nautilus extension
  • Add RabbitVCS menu items and emblems to the Gedit file browser plugin
  • Convert all dialogs from glade to gtkbuilder
  • Refactor VCS abstraction code to make it easier to add new VCSs and UIs

These may or may not get done for v0.15 but these are goals.

Looking for contributors

While I will continue working on RabbitVCS for the forseeable future, and I do get occasional help from Jason and Juan, it would be great if more people would contribute to the project, even if in small ways.  If you know python and can spare some time, check out our issue tracker and see if you can fix a bug or implement a feature request.  If you don’t know python but you know some other language, maybe you can work on a new client, like a Windows shell extension, a Mac Finder extension, a KDE extension, or a standalone application for accessing RabbitVCS functionality.  Or if you don’t want to do any programming, you can help keep the website/documentation up to date, manage our translations, or triage bug reports.  You can go as big or as little as you want with your contributions.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Adam

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RabbitVCS bugfix release – v0.14.1.1

Posted in Release on January 8th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – 3 Comments

It looks like something strange happened with the v0.14.1 release tarball because it did not include the actual bug fixes, it was an exact copy of v0.14.  So none of the bugs I fixed were actually fixed in that release.  With that said, here is the “real” v0.14.1, but I’m calling it v0.14.1.1 so we know the difference.  I included a couple more bug fixes in this release, as well.

  • (Bug #456) Fix nautilus crasher when dialogs are acted on
  • (Bug #461) Fix a crasher in the merge dialog
  • (Bug #457) In the changes dialog, fix bug that stopped diffs from being generated
  • Also fixed an issue where opening versioned files from the changes dialog would not work sometimes.
  • (Bug #477) Fix crasher in revision properties dialog when save button is clicked

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14.1.1 at:
http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Note: We will have new packages in our PPA presently.

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

Adam

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RabbitVCS bugfix release – v0.14.1

Posted in Release on January 7th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – 3 Comments

A few serious bugs were discovered shortly after the v0.14 release, including one very serious one that crashed nautilus when any kind of dialog was displayed or program was executed.  So here is a small bugfix release that fixes these issues.

  • (Bug #456) Fix nautilus crasher when dialogs are acted on
  • (Bug #461) Fix a crasher in the merge dialog
  • (Bug #457) In the changes dialog, fix bug that stopped diffs from being generated
  • Also fixed an issue where opening versioned files from the changes dialog would not work sometimes.

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14.1 at:
http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Note: We will have new packages in our PPA presently.

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

Adam

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Release announcement for RabbitVCS v0.14!

Posted in Release on January 4th, 2011 by Adam Plumb – 7 Comments

Good news!  RabbitVCS v0.14 is out!

After almost a year of development (with some breaks), v0.14 is finally here.  This release brings about a ton of new functionality and bug fixes, most notably the addition of git support, which makes this our first release that is truly multi-vcs, a quicker status checker for the nautilus file manager extension, and an improved mechanism for resolving and editing conflicts.

Stay tuned for news regarding v0.15!

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14 at:

http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Note: We will have new packages in our PPA within a couple days.

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

A big thanks and a great job to everyone on the team and everyone who
contributed to this release!

Adam

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RabbitVCS.org migrated to new server

Posted in Status Update on December 19th, 2010 by Adam Plumb – Be the first to comment

If you are reading this now, that means the migration was a success!  Prior to this month, the rabbitvcs.org domain and website was hosted by Bruce (a long lost but much missed developer for the project).  Since Bruce is no longer associated with RabbitVCS I decided the domain and website needed to be migrated to my own servers.  A few weeks ago we transferred domain name ownership but kept the website hosting the same.  But today, we have moved all of the website, including the blog and wiki, to a new server under my control.  Hopefully, everything was migrated successfully.  But if you find any weirdness or issues, just let us know and we’ll try to resolve the problem.

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Release announcement for RabbitVCS BETA 5!

Posted in Release on December 19th, 2010 by Adam Plumb – 1 Comment

Another week, another beta release.  I swear, once I stop finding bugs just about every day we will do a final release.  In the meantime please accept this beta release which fixes some regressions introduced in beta 4 as well as more general bug fixes.

FYI, Jason is going to be on vacation for the next few weeks so we may not be able to update our Ubuntu/Debian PPA with new beta packages, as Jason normally handles this task.  I’m talking to him about possibly letting me do it, but I can’t guarantee anything.

Here are the details:

  • Some dialogs, when closed, were not terminating their processes.  This should fix the rename dialog and the create dialog.
  • Fix regression introduced in beta 4 where the checkout menu item and show log menu item were not present when they should be.
  • Fix the git export dialog to be better integration with the main context menu
  • Fix regression introduced in beta 4 where the gedit plugin ran really slow when opening new files.  It should be much much quicker now.
  • Fix some issues with the git log dialog
  • Run the git log and push dialogs as threaded so large working copies don’t block the ui.
  • Fixed bug #441, Deleting from the commit window is fixed
  • Fixed bug #440, After reloading the changed files table in the commit window, honor whether show unversioned files is toggled
  • Make the height of the svn update-to-revision dialog flexible so it doesn’t cut into the widgets
  • Icons will now appear next to menu items in the Thunar extension
  • Fix the nautilus/thunar property page for git (Wasn’t working at all)
  • Refactored the rabbitvcs status object somewhat to make it more consistent when using multiple vcs’s
  • Fixed bug #443, Fix the stop-on-copy functionality for svn

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14 beta 5 at:
http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

A big thanks and a great job to everyone on the team and everyone who
contributed to this release!

Adam

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Release announcement for RabbitVCS BETA 4!

Posted in Release on December 13th, 2010 by Adam Plumb – 9 Comments

Things are starting to get a little nuts with all these betas, but the addition of git and all that goes along with it is quite a big undertaking and the first couple of betas were pretty rough.  Things are definitely starting to smooth out, though.  This beta release focused mostly on bug fixes, but also contains another even bigger performance improvement for git status checking.  Here’s the list:

  • Added a button to the notification dialog to allow users to save the messages to a file
  • Fixed the “Initialize Repository” nautilus context menu to actually work
  • Fixed a bug where files would be modified but the status was not getting updated in nautilus or gedit
  • Added “Stage” and “Unstage” dialogs and context menu items.  These are similar to SVN’s Add dialog.  Basically, staging a file marks it as “added” and unstaging makes it “unversioned”.
  • Fixed some misc bugs in the repo browser and changes dialogs
  • Bug #395, In applypatch, if applying patch to a directory, don’t ask for the target directory
  • Fixed regression in commit window, all unversioned files should not be checked by default
  • Added the “Reset” context menu item to the log dialog
  • Implemented a mechanism for canceling git commands (so the cancel button actually does something)
  • The is_versioned method should use the local version of the status method, because it gets cached.  Quite good performance improvement for generating nautilus context menus
  • Made huge git status call performance improvements.  The linux kernel git repo used to take 229 secs for me, now takes ~5-6 secs.
  • Bug #384, In the branch dialog, convert the path to repository urls for both the to and from fields
  • Allow exporting from a git repository even if the given path is not a git repo (requires passing –vcs=git)
  • Bug #405, Format context menu labels to display underscores (for the ignore files list)
  • Bug #348, Allow the repo browser columns to be sortable
  • Bug #287, Add an emblem for unversioned files
  • If the gvfs-trash (delete) call fails, just permanently delete the file

Homepage:
http://www.rabbitvcs.org

Download RabbitVCS v0.14 beta3 at:
http://wiki.rabbitvcs.org/wiki/download

Note: We will have new packages in our PPA within a couple days.

Issue Tracker:
http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/list

A big thanks and a great job to everyone on the team and everyone who
contributed to this release!

Adam

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