This is the idea page for Summer of Code 2018 for Git.
Please read this section completely before reading the idea list below.
It is required that students who want to apply to the Git project for the Summer of Code 2018 complete a tiny, code-related “microproject” as part of their application. Please refer to our guidelines and suggestions for microprojects for more information. Completing a microproject is not only an important way for us to get experience with applicants, but it will also help applicants become familiar with Git’s development and submission process.
A complete GSoC application should include a presentation of yourself (include any argument that may convince mentors that you are able to complete the project) and detailed explanations about your project. Ideas below are just … ideas! The list is not exhaustive, and more importantly each idea only includes a summary of what is to be done. An application must include detailed plans on the design, timeline … A typical application takes several pages. You should already have read the GSoC Student Guide by now, but re-read it if needed.
Also, working in Git project is not only about writing your own patches. Constructively critiquing design and implementation of patches by other people is also an important skill you need to learn in order to effectively collaborate with others. So, if you have time and inclination, it would be beneficial to read and understand other applicants’ patches (or any other patch submitted to the mailing-list), think if you agree that the problem they are trying to solve is worth solving, the approach they are taking is the best way (or if you think of a better way to solve it), etc., and respond to their patches with the result of your thinking as a review.
Please, include link(s) to the mailing-list discussion(s) related to your microproject in your application (e.g. linking to public-inbox). If you participate in the review of other patches, then you may also include links to discussions that would support your application.
Students must send drafts of their proposal on the mailing-list before submitting it officially to GSoC to get feedback from the community. They are strongly encourraged to publish a draft on the official GSoC website and post it to the mailing list for discussion.
Getting your proposal right can follow the same process as usual patch
submission for Git, as described in the
microprojects page and
Documentation/SubmittingPatches in Git’s source code. It is also
expected that you will send several versions of your draft, responding
to comments on the list. If you are not sure about your proposal, you
can discuss that in the same email where you introduce yourself or in
separate emails. Please use “[GSoC]” at the beginning of such emails.
In summary, all applicants must (not necessarily in this order):
Complete a microproject.
Write a detailed application explaining their project.
Discuss their project by posting drafts of their application on the mailing-list long before the deadline.
In your application, and in the discussions related to projects you are interested in, it is a good idea to:
Include link(s) to the mailing-list discussion(s) related to the project you chose in your application or you are interested in, for example previous discussions or patch series about the topic. There might be interesting discussions about the topics that are several year old. It is also a good idea to summarize them.
Include link(s) to the mailing-list discussion(s) related to the previous drafts of your application itself.
Include link(s) to the mailing-list discussion(s) related to your microproject. If your microproject patches have been merged, please give the merge commits. Otherwise give their branch names and current status in the last “What’s cooking in git.git” email from Junio.
Include what is suggested in the GSoC Student Guide
(public-inbox can be used for searching the mailing list and linking to previous discussions.)
In 2018, the Git organization has very limited mentoring capacity. These days we usually accept between 0 and 2 students per year.
Students: Please consider these ideas as starting points for generating proposals. We are also more than happy to receive proposals for other ideas related to Git.
git bisect --first-parent.
When your project is strictly “new features are merged into trunk, never the other way around”, it is handy to be able to first find a merge on the trunk that merged a topic to point fingers at when a bug appears, instead of having to drill down to the individual commit on the faulty side branch.
Searching the mailing list for “bisect –first-parent” might be helpful too.
In some cases,
git bisect may test too many merge bases, thus
slowing down the bisection (making it closer to linear than
Many components of Git are still in the form of shell and Perl scripts. While this is an excellent choice as long as the functionality is improved, it causes problems in production code – in particular on multiple platforms, e.g. Windows (think: POSIX-to-Windows path conversion issues).
The idea of this project is to dive into the Git source code and convert a couple of shell and/or Perl scripts into portable and performant C code, making it a so-called “built-in”.
(Un)fortunately, the easy-to-port scripts like
already ported by now. It is still possible to start with something
small by porting portions of existing shell-scripts to C using a C
helper inside the existing shell-script.
The goal is to move toward an interactive rebase fully in C as described in Dscho ‘s answer to Jakub
git log --onelineimprovements
See discussions in:
git log --stdin --no-walkor
git cat-file --batch-check
The goal is to better format object related information as discussed in: