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Re: converting gnulib: cvs to git

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: converting gnulib: cvs to git
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 11:14:00 -0800
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Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> writes:

> I find these markers useful when comparing file dates when updating
> old software, and I think it would be a clear disadvantage if moving
> to git won't make the same thing possible.

They are controversial.  I'd rather remove them, at least in the files
I help maintain.  They cause me more problems than they cure, because
they introduce spurious changes.  Call me an Aristotelian if you like,
but I prefer to keep metadata separate from data.

While I'm throwing oil onto the fire, I have a similar opinion of the
version numbers we maintain in the .m4 files.  They're even worse,
since they're maintained by hand.

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