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Re: Installing changes from branches

From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: Installing changes from branches
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2010 16:19:23 +0200
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Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> And there is yet another solution, which is to bind the quickfixes
>> branch to upstream. Instead of `bzr merge', do `bzr update'. When you
>> finish a change, `bzr commit' will send it automatically upstream.
> But then why have a separate branch for that?  This is precisely the
> workflow in `trunk'.  What am I missing?

Although you can use `trunk' for that, I prefer to avoid overloading too
much the purpose of things. `trunk' is your pristine upstream's mirror
and the gateway for merging local changes into upstream. There are cases
where using `trunk' for hacking can create inconveniences (not very
serious incoveniences, though).

For instance, if you begin hacking into something that seems easy but
later discover that it is a deeper issue, turning `quickfixes' into a
feature branch is trivial. If you were working on `trunk' you'll need to
create a feature branch and merge `trunk's uncommitted changes into it,
which may be tricky on some cases, as if you have new unregistered

Another scenario that can be a bit tricky to handle if you use `trunk'
for hacking is when you go off-line for a while and end accumulating a
series of local commits of quickfixes on `trunk'

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