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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: give us a hand with arch

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: give us a hand with arch
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 08:56:09 -0400
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On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 08:10:11AM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> I thought about this the last time it was debated, and I still like
> descriptive English tags, e.g.:
> My theory is that if you name things well, it's very unlikely to clash
> with anything else.

Perhaps, but it's a lot _more_ likely to result in clashes than uuids are.

Worse, it requires non-trivial thought to create a tag, which is a pretty
sure guarantee that people will cheat (and so greatly increase the chance
that clashes will result).  This is especially true for importing any kind of
existing source base, where people almost certainly will want to just to
`import the whole mess' in one simple operation; telling them they've got to
sit down and think up a unique descriptive message (where the uniqe part
really matters) for _each file_ is not likely to win any fans...

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