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Dan Book
July 12, 2019 21:37
Re: Transition from RT to GitHub -- should "blead" be renamed to"master"?
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On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:06 PM Deven T. Corzine <> wrote:

> I realize that "blead" has been used for many years and is traditional for
> Perl development.  At the same time, it's also out of step with typical Git
> conventions and potentially confusing to new developers who might want to
> contribute to Perl.
> With this move to GitHub, should we consider retiring "blead" as a
> historical anachronism and rename the default branch to "master" as most
> Git users expect, or continue with "blead" to honor tradition?
> Personally, I do like sticking with tradition -- yet I still tend to lean
> towards renaming to "master" anyhow, to be more consistent with
> expectations of those who aren't steeped in years of Perl tradition.  (We
> want to be inviting and accessible for new people, don't we?)
While I respect the intent of cleanliness and consistency, in this case I
think there is realistically no benefit and lots of difficult parts. As one
example the perl-build and perlbrew tools mentioned in the other thread
rely on the branch being called blead to start with. As long as you set the
default branch of a repository to the one you want people to work against,
and you don't have a random 'master' branch that isn't default, there are
no practical issues for contributors, in my experience.


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