[vtk-developers] gerrit bug fix backports

David Gobbi david.gobbi at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 11:40:12 EDT 2013

When VTK 4 became VTK 5 this was not an issue for me because I had
access to the VTK 4 branch and continued to push bug fixes to it for a
year or so.

But now, there is no VTK 5 branch, and submitting VTK 5 patches to
gerrit is a no-go.  I'm not complaining about gerrit, I love it, but right
now it is not set up to handle patches against old releases.


On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM, Berk Geveci <berk.geveci at kitware.com> wrote:
> This is a good discussion. I'd like to see what people think. In the past,
> we haven't put a lot effort into maintaining two versions but given the
> larger change between 5 and 6, it might be justified to spend some cycles
> maintaining 5 for a while. I'd like to hear what people think about how long
> and how.
> -berk
> On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM, David Gobbi <david.gobbi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM, Dean Inglis <inglis.dl at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > A software project I am working on is being developed with the vtk
>> > 5.10.1
>> > release branch. 3 bugs in that branch reported by our group were
>> > addressed
>> > using gerrit (Iccc5a316, I561346c4, Ifbea52c2).
>> > We are currently using customized copies of the involved classes
>> > in our code but would like to use the original (fixed) vtk classes.  Is
>> > there a process
>> > for backporting bug fixes to previous releases?  What is Kitware's
>> > policy on
>> > bug fix backports to existing release branches?
>> I'm curious about this, too.  Right now all of my apps are still based
>> on VTK 5 and I don't intend to move them over to VTK 6 until around
>> VTK 6.2 or so.  I have a few local patches for VTK 5, all backports of
>> bug fixes, but right now there is nowhere for them to go.
>>  David
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