DIP75 - Release Process

Vladimir Panteleev via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Wed Mar 11 00:19:56 PDT 2015

On Wednesday, 11 March 2015 at 06:45:17 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu 
> I want to make sure vibe releases are in sync and guaranteed to 
> work with dmd, thus making for a perfectly smooth experience.

How will bundling Vibe with D achieve that goal?

What will ACTUALLY change by bundling Vibe with D?

What happens if a regression occurs in Vibe just before a D 
release? Do we block the release for the sake of Vibe? What if 
there's no one around to fix it? We have enough problems with 
blocking bugs in Dub/Vibe-related components in the dlang.org 
repo already.

What happens if we discover a regression in Vibe after a D 
release? Do we make a point release just for the sake of Vibe?

What if Vibe needs to iterate faster than DMD's release cycle?

My question about Vibe API versioning still stands, what if 
people want to use an older Vibe with a newer DMD?

Precedent shows that Vibe and related components simply do not 
have a bus factor high enough to not be a liability if included 
with D.

I am trying to work with you here. We just have different values 
on what is actually important, or there is something more to this 
plan that I don't see, something more than just including Vibe in 

We do not have a strong precedent for this. The closest thing we 
have are things like Dustmite, which are so specialized that they 
don't matter in this case, and Visual D, which I'm not really 
sure greatly benefited from the exposure - we've covered one IDE 
among many, and despite moving the project under 
github.com/D-P-L, Rainer remains the sole maintainer. And you 
know the story with DDox.

What is indubitably, actually, very important, and something I'm 
surprised you haven't pushed for since long ago, is making it 
EASY to get more things. Dub absolutely must be a part of D, and 
not today but one or more years ago. There is now a rift in this 
community, between people who use code.dlang.org and its 
packages, and those who do not. This is not close to the 
Tango/Phobos split, but we cannot afford anything like this again.

Coming from a language with a package manager, and then trying to 
build a project with a dozen dependencies by manually cloning the 
repositories and making sure they are the correct version, is 
madness. A package manager encourages people to build many small 
reusable components, because the overhead of managing each 
component becomes very small, and this is something we really 

 From this perspective, Vibe itself is not that special. It is one 
big piece of the puzzle, but its value is greatly diminished in 

You don't need to bring in Vibe in D itself, you need to bring in 
the entire ecosystem.

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