Git 2.20 to be Available

Let's check updates and features of new version control system
11 December 2018   1004

Distributed version control system Git has received another update. In order for Git 2.20 to appear, 83 developers made changes 962 to the zcode. According to the team, this is an order of magnitude higher than the same figure in the largest release of the 2.x.x branch.

The git branch -l command is now a shortened version of the git branch --list - it used to help run reflog during the creation of a new branch. Developers have limited the launch of git fetch: it is only possible with an indication of --force, to avoid problems with consistency when updating the link.

The git help -a and git help -av commands to help newbies display a more verbose output. To return to the old view, just type git help - no-verbose -a. In git send-email, it is possible to extract lines with addresses that end with “-by” from signatures. This is an incompatible change, and it can be disabled by adding to the --suppress-cc = misc-by command.

  • If the repository contains files whose addresses differ only in the case of letters, a warning will be displayed during the execution of git clone.
  • The git format-patch command received the --interdiff and --range-diff options, which in a note or comment list the differences between the existing and previous versions.
  • git mailinfo learned how to recover code patches sent by email with plain text and damaged due to hyphenation.
  • git multi-pack-index now fixes damage in .midx files.
  • Creating experimental commit-graph files for large repositories takes a lot of time, so the developers have provided a form of output about the state of the process.

Performance and Development Support

  • For working builds, the -Wunused-function compilation option is provided.
  • git submodule update is completely rewritten in C.
  • One of the continuous integration (CI) tests, designed to work with the unusual/experimental/random settings, now supports midx and commit-graph files.
  • A new mechanism for finding objects among a large number of pack-files. It relies on combining all .idx files into one.

The previous version of the system was released in September 2018.

GitHub to Launch Sponrship System

GitHub does not charge fees, and the first year will cover the costs of processing payments
24 May 2019   277

System called GitHub Sponsors is launched to provide financial support for open source projects. The new service provides a new form of participation in the development of projects - if the user does not have the opportunity to help in the development, he or she can join the projects of interest as a sponsor and help through funding specific developers, maintainers, designers, documentation authors, testers and other participants involved in the project.

Using the sponsorship system, any GitHub user can monthly transfer fixed amounts to open source developers who have registered with the service as members willing to receive financial support (the number of participants is limited at the time the service is tested). Sponsored members can define support levels and associated sponsor privileges, such as exceptional bug fixes. The possibility of organizing financing not only individual participants, but also the groups of developers involved in the work on the project is being considered.

Unlike other co-financing sites, GitHub does not charge fees, and the first year will cover the costs of processing payments. In the future, the introduction of fees for processing payments is not excluded. To support the service, a special fund called GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund has been created, which will deal with the distribution of financial flows.