[all] Curating the openstack org on GitHub

Neil Jerram neil at tigera.io
Wed Apr 1 13:57:31 UTC 2020

SGTM, as someone associated with a now-inactive repo (

On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 2:32 PM Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> As you know, for practical and "code marketing" reasons, we maintain
> mirrors of the opendev.org/openstack repositories on GitHub:
> https://github.com/openstack/
> A few months ago jroll and I took on the task of maintaining the
> "openstack" organization on GitHub... In particular pushing "moved"
> final commits to repositories that are now maintained elsewhere on
> Opendev, and marking them retired.
> It's all a bit of a challenge. GitHub does not let you set the "mirror"
> flag by API (you have to ask GitHub support to manually do it, and they
> don't like it when you ask for it to be set on 1,831 repositories). The
> "pinned repositories" UI fails miserably and does not let us select
> "Nova" (again, probably too many repositories, GitHub support does not
> have a solution for us). There are limited opportunities to describe the
> fact that we actually only use GitHub as a mirror, leading to confusion.
> For inactive repositories (no longer under OpenStack governance), the
> situation is even more confusing. Some are noted "MOVED" or "RETIRED" in
> their description, some have a closing commit (some others don't), some
> have the "archived" flag. Some don't have anything and appear active
> while they are not (see attached CSV for those who like data). There is
> also the openstack-dev and openstack-attic organizations, which are
> leftovers from ancient times. In summary, for a "code marketing"
> opportunity, it does not paint a great picture.
> I'd like to make the following suggestion:
> - aggressively delete all non-openstack things from the openstack org,
> keeping only official, active repositories
> - delete the openstack-dev and openstack-attic organizations
> We shied away from doing that in the past, mostly to not break people
> who may have cloned those repositories... But I think the benefits of
> cleaning up now outweigh the drawbacks. The reference code always exists
> at opendev.org anyway. Also maybe once we are back to a more reasonable
> number of visible repositories, the pins UI will work again. And GitHub
> will actually be OK with setting the mirror flag.
> Thoughts, comments ?
> --
> Thierry Carrez (ttx)
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