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

Paul bauer paul.bauer.q at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 14:12:04 CET 2022

Hello @ all,

as I wasn't consulted about this, I just want to also mention that we 
shouldn't make changes like this without proper preparation (and to 
please not jump it on me on a Friday :).

I agree that we can change this to be more in line with other large 
projects, but the preparation needs to be done properly.

I think the bi-weekly meeting this week as the best place to 
announce/discuss this.



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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