[swift-dev] [Suggestion] swift/utils/update-checkout should keep llvm/clang up-to-date
kevin at sb.org
Mon Feb 8 17:54:24 CST 2016
On Mon, Feb 8, 2016, at 03:33 PM, Michael Gottesman wrote:
> > On Feb 8, 2016, at 3:09 PM, Kevin Ballard via swift-dev <swift-dev at swift.org> wrote:
> > I was surprised to discover that swift/utils/update-checkout doesn't update LLVM/clang by default. Looking at the script, it supports a --all flag to update those (and llbuild too), but that led to the second surprise, which is that the script doesn't make any attempt to ensure it's checking out a compatible version of llvm/clang, it just runs `git fetch` and `git rebase FETCH_HEAD`.
> We ensure that the trunk stable clang/llvm branches are always in sync. So just rebasing head should be sufficient.
Ah right, the llvm/clang checkouts are to copies of llvm/clang instead of to the original.
In that case, why doesn't the update-checkout script update llvm/clang by default? The only reason I can think of to not update it (besides for when you're intentionally targeting a non-stable version of llvm/clang because you're working on migrating it) is to avoid having to recompile llvm/clang if a backwards-compatible change happens to llvm/clang, but I assume the llvm/clang repos aren't updated very often, and when they are updated we all should probably update our checkouts of it even if we don't get compilation errors.
> > Given that we're targeting specific stable snapshots of llvm/clang, and that we shouldn't be updating our local versions for new stable versions until it's actually been validated and local changes made if necessary, it seems to me that the script should actually know what specific versions of llvm/clang we want to be using, and should always update to those versions. It could have a separate flag to skip llvm/clang (instead of a flag to include them) for use by people who are intentionally testing newer versions, but the default behavior should update it.
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