Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Flexible Logging: Set DEBUG level logging without Gerrit restart

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Many of us have been thrown into production issue, equipped (in the best case ;)) with only vague reproduction instructions and get stuck looking into logs and have only one wish: if I could only magically enable more detailed logging and replay the scenario… just without putting restart procedure into motion… One can argue for having DEBUG level enabled all the time but this is impractical for at least two reasons: too much information is as bad as too little and log files will explode with size. Well, our prayers were answered! Since CollabNet TeamForge Git Integration 8.6.1 release one …

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Summary of the 2016 Berlin Gerrit Hackathon

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Between 14th and 18th of March 2016, the second Berlin based Gerrit Hackathon took place. It was a joined effort of CollabNet and Elego to host it. Our event attracted 17 people from various companies, including five Gerrit maintainers. Here is the full list of participants: Dave Borowitz (maintainer) (Google), Saša Živkov (maintainer) (SAP), Edwin Kempin (maintainer) (Google), David Ostrovsky (maintainer) (Individual), Hugo Arès (maintainer) (Ericsson), Han-Wen Nienhuys (Google), Khai Do (OpenStack / IBM), Alan Tokaev (Individual), Sebastian Schuberth (Here), Martin Waitz (AREVA GmbH), Oswald Buddenhagen (Qt), Patrick Hobusch (Elego), Patrick Steinhardt (Elego), Eryk Szymanski (CollabNet), Jacek Centkowski (CollabNet), Johannes …

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Diffy flies to Berlin – Second Gerrit Hackathon at CollabNet and Elego

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Back in 2014 CollabNet and Elego were sponsoring the first Gerrit Hackathon in Berlin. It was considered one of the most productive hackathons (190+ patches merged) so far. Great features like inline-edit, secure-store and x-doc plugin have been the results of the first Berlin Hackathon, here is our full recap. As the hackathon was so successful, we are going to have the second edition of it next week. This time we have 16 participants from various companies like Google, SAP, HERE, Ericsson, OpenStack, Qt, CollabNet and Elego. The event starts on next Monday (March 14th) and will last for full …

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Gerrit Productivity Hack – Handling Large Binary Files with Gerrit, Artifactory and Git LFS

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Handling large binary files with Git is a performance pain. You can work around the problem by some proper Gerrit tuning and restructuring your build scripts so that they fetch binaries from an artifact repository instead of having them part of the repo. With Git LFS, there is another approach available that does not require any changes to your build process or Git server configuration. The Gerrit and JGit communities are still working on built-in Git LFS support, but I thought it makes sense to show how Gerrit can be used with a separate Git LFS backend – Artifactory – …

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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 2)

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Having a plan for adopting Git for your enterprise can lead to great results In part two of our blog series (read Part 1) we share tips of adopting and scaling Git in the enterprise. When considering enterprise-wide Git adoption, it is not enough to only evaluate the SCM needs of your organization. The strategy should view Git as a vital part of the application lifecycle management (ALM) platform. Most Git solutions today have both SCM and ALM capabilities and claim readiness for enterprise-scale Git deployment. There are a few fundamental requirements that your strategy must address to make Git …

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Gerrit Hackathon at Google HQ… next one is coming

As always after the Gerrit User Summit, a Gerrit hackathon took place. This time it was a five days event (9-11 November 2015), where members of the Gerrit community could work together, fully focused on making Gerrit a better software. 2015 edition gathered 15 participants from various companies like Google, SAP, Sony Mobile, Qualcomm, OpenStack, Axis Communications, Gerritforge and of course CollabNet. Hackathons are really intensive periods of time for Gerrit project: over 400 patches were merged, three releases (2.11.5 and two release candidates of 2.12) were performed, countless number of open changes and patchsets were pushed for review. This …

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Installing Jenkins for Use with TeamForge

This week I was working with a customer, helping to set up a sandbox environment for them, including helping them to build a local Jenkins server to use with TeamForge.  I’ve done this a few times now, but every time I end up back in the same places, figuring out the same things over again so this time, I’m going to document it for me, and for you.  There’s a pretty good chance, I think, that I’ll end up doing this again for a proof of concept with a prospective customer one day, so having this information handy will be… …

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Distributed or Centralized Development?

  For most enterprises, it’s not a question of or but and Over the past several years, organizations have been affected by new market disruptions that were hard to foresee a decade ago. This is especially true when it comes to the Software Configuration Management (SCM) landscape. Today’s IT organizations must address and manage many new software delivery paradigms, including decentralized development teams, increased use of short-term and remote workforces and greater concerns over intellectual property protection. The combination of these seemingly unrelated forces has created several unique technology and business challenges for enterprise development organizations. Hybrid and Mixed Development …

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10 Things You Should Know About Git Replication in the Enterprise

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1. Git is distributed, isn’t replication a concept for centralized version control systems? You’re right, Git is a distributed version control system. However, most enterprises require their developers to synch their local work with central, “blessed” repositories. Those central synch points make sure no work is lost if a laptop gets stolen or damaged and developers only have to only know one place where they have to go to learn about their colleagues’ work results. The same applies to build/CI servers like Jenkins that will monitor and pull the latest source code from the blessed repository as well. Consequently, most …

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Stash your Trash – Keep GIT clean with Gerrit 2.10

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Garbage collection is really important, not just in the real world but also within your Git repositories. If you have lots of development activities going on, chances are very high that your Git clone and push operations will get slower and slower. Fortunately, the cure is simple: Run git garbage collection (git gc). We have seen examples where running gc cut clone and push times by more than 99 percent. Same goes for code browsing activities as well – Run git gc and list your branches online within milliseconds instead of seconds again. If Git garbage collection has so many …

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