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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] arch, baz, bzr, git archive formats

From: Jan Hudec
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] arch, baz, bzr, git archive formats
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 10:25:10 +0200
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On Fri, Aug 19, 2005 at 23:33:49 -0700, Andy Tai wrote:
> Hi, there are several archive formats out there that
> are or being planned to be covered by the present and
> future versions of Arch.  While there are some
> annoyances of the current Arch 1/baz format (not "user
> friendly", problem on MS Windows systems), Arch 2.0
> and bzr have their own still evolving formats. 
> I wonder what are the advantages and the disadvantages
> of the new Arch 2.0 format vs. the bzr format?

It was not clear from Tom's maintainership demission letter, whether he will
continue on Arch 2 (revc), but it is quite likely that Bazaar-NG (bzr) will
become Arch 2.

> And, is there any possibility that a new Arch can
> adapt the git format as is, so Arch can directly
> operate on git repositories?

All these modern VCS (Cogito/GIT, Mercurial, Darcs, Bazaar-NG...) have
"working copy branches". So they actually only operate on the working copy.
Merging between branches using different version control systems will
probably be provided by tools like Tailor
( or VCP
(, The later is
more biased towards traditional centralized systems though.

That does not mean that some support won't be integrated in the tools
themselves, but the advantage of these generic adaptors is, that once they
support some system, they allow copying between it and any other supported

                                                 Jan 'Bulb' Hudec 

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