Project Update

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If one was not following the mailing lists it might seem the Squid project has gone the way of the Dodo. In truth it is quite the opposite. The dev team and Foundation board are working so hard it has been difficult to find time for these additional updates.

 

So to recap the major projects going on since last update;

The largest change has been our move to git for source code repository. That has been a long road taking up a lot of time over several years. A great big thanks to the various people working on that.

Following along from that we now have github (squid-cache account) as our code repository for public access. The Squid Projects repository is no longer directly available for general access. Our code submission process has changed from accepting .patch files to github PR requests. So developers working on code changes please convert to that (I can still work with patch submissions, but it is significantly more trouble than having your own github account for submission updates/edits). Anyone who forked one of the Squid github repositories prior to the 2017 transition should fork the new repository and convert their code changes.

 

The new code submission process has resolved quite a few issues we had with the old submit and auditing/QA process. There are still a few quirky behaviours caused by github and our automation that cause trouble from time to time – but overall it is a big improvement on what we had before.

The largest issue we face now for QA and code development is manpower. We now have automated change tracking, content integration helping out with QA and a committer bot taking a huge load off my shoulders as maintainer. Our submission process is open and public – so anyone can read the proposals and should also be able to comment about any bugs you can see that have not already been pointed out. Anyone with an interest in the Squid code is encouraged to participate in that process.

 

In the shadow of all those very time consuming alterations to the Squid Project systems the dev team has also managed to iron out several of the major bugs blocking Squid-4 release. Just one of the long-standing bugs remain. A few regressions in recent code have brought up some new major bugs, but those are for the most part already fixed or soon will be. So watch this space for news on further progress there.

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