[Mesa-dev] Rename "master" branch to "main"?

Ian Romanick idr at freedesktop.org
Mon Aug 3 17:51:08 UTC 2020

On 8/3/20 8:30 AM, Jason Ekstrand wrote:
> All,
> I'm sure by now you've all seen the articles, LKML mails, and other
> chatter around inclusive language in software.  While mesa doesn't
> provide a whole lot of documentation (hah!), we do have a website, a
> code-base, and a git repo and this is something that we, as a project
> should consider.
> What I'm proposing today is simply re-naming the primary Git branch
> from "master" to "main".  Why "main"?  Because that's what GitHub has
> chosen "main" as their new default branch name and so it sounds to me
> like the most likely new default.
> As far as impact on the project goes, if and when we rename the
> primary branch, the old "master" branch will be locked (no
> pushing/merging allowed) and all MRs will have to be re-targeted
> against the new branch.  Fortunately, that's very easy to do.  You
> just edit the MR and there's a little drop-down box at the top for
> which branch it targets.  I just tested this with one of mine and it
> seems to work ok.
> As far as other bits of language in the code-base, I'm happy to see
> those cleaned up as people have opportunity.  I'm not aware of any
> particularly egregious offenders.  However, changing the name of the
> primary branch is something which will cause a brief hiccup in
> people's development process and so warrants broader discussion.

I looked at this a week or so ago.  My recollection is that there were a
couple other instanced of master (that were references to field names in
a DRM header) and a couple instances of whitelist / blacklist.
Coordinating renaming the field from the DRM header will be fun, but
everything else should be trivial... and would make for good newbie
tasks. :)

> Thoughts?
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