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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: Round II -- new language, arch, furth, etc.

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Round II -- new language, arch, furth, etc.
Date: 22 Jul 2004 15:38:54 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

> usual concepts of branches and things.  Versions of code are defined
> by what patches they contain, so two versions are closely related if
> they contain similar sets of patches, and the nearest common ancestor
> of two versions can be formed by set intersection (and that ancestor
> may never have existed).  All this requires special properties of the
> patches, so they have to be partly human generated, which is
> presumably an inconvenience.

My understanding is that you don't have to hand-generate patches.
Instead, the "build-revision" step may fail if you specify a set of patches
which cannot be applied one after the other (like cherrypicking).
Providing carefully hand-generated patches can help reduce such failures,
so that darcs can more often automatically build a revision that is the
result of cherrypicking (or as you say "an ancestor that never existed").


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