[gmx-developers] Renaming git "master" to "main"

Paul bauer paul.bauer.q at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 09:18:26 CEST 2022

Hello again @ gmx-devs

as a lot of time has passed since this announcement, and as we have the 
new 2022.1 release out, I'll go ahead with the change of the default 
branch on Sunday, 1st of May, in the afternoon Stockholm time.



On 18/03/2022 09:43, Erik Lindahl wrote:
> Hi devs,
> We have considered this in the past, but since we were then in a very 
> active phase of development we postponed it - but this might be a good 
> period to do it when we're not dashing against any particular hard 
> deadline with tons of development.
> Several large open source projects have switched from using 
> master/slave terminology due to the historical origin of the names, 
> and to move towards a more inclusive culture. One can of course argue 
> it's merely words, but I prefer to see it the other way - precisely 
> because it's just words and a very minor inconvenience for us, I would 
> like us to avoid relying on words that strongly remind others of 
> oppression and racism.
> Most of these things can be handled through MRs as we go, but renaming 
> our master branch will require one manual step for developers tracking 
> the branch. I've pasted the required commands below.
> My *suggestion* would be that we do this e.g. this Sunday noon Swedish 
> time (mostly because it should only be 30 seconds of resync), but we 
> can of course also postpone it if people prefer to - just let us know 
> in that case.
> Cheers,
> Erik
> Local actions required when master changes to main:
> # Switch to the "master" branch:
> $ git checkout master
> # Rename it to "main":
> $ git branch -m master main
> # Get the latest commits (and branches!) from the remote:
> $ git fetch
> # Remove the existing tracking connection with "origin/master":
> $ git branch --unset-upstream
> # Create a new tracking connection with the new "origin/main" branch:
> $ git branch -u origin/main
> -- 
> Erik Lindahl <erik.lindahl at dbb.su.se>
> Professor of Biophysics, Dept. Biochemistry & Biophysics, Stockholm 
> University
> Science for Life Laboratory, Box 1031, 17121 Solna, Sweden
> Note: I frequently do email outside office hours because it is a 
> convenient time for me to write, but please do not interpret that as 
> an expectation for you to respond outside your work hours.

Paul Bauer, PhD
GROMACS Development Manager
KTH Stockholm, SciLifeLab
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