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Re: VC mode and git

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: VC mode and git
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:18:22 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello, Lars.

On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 07:49:30PM +0100, Lars Brinkhoff wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:
> > The index (stupid name) is an extra layer of complexity.  I'm
> > mystified as to what the git index is for.

> At first, I found this extra layer annying just like you.  But now
> that I've been using git for time time, I really miss the index when
> I'm working in other DVCs, e.g. Mercurial.

> That didn't answer your question, but perhaps the best way to answer
> it is to dive head-first into git and just accept the new concepts.

No, it didn't answer my question.  ;-)

As for diving head-first into it, that's not really practical for me.
Mastering git is a bit like mastering assembler on a RISC chip - you
are forced to understand all sorts of arcane detail before you do the
most basic things, learning new meanings for already familiar words, and
generally wasting time which would have remained unwasted by the use of
a compiler (or a better VCS).

I now understand a great deal of git's arcane detail, and it is enough
to allow me to get by with a few simple commands in a simple workflow,
with occasional help now and then.  I don't intend to spend any more
time on git, unless I absolutely have to.  I do not look forward to the
occasions when I _must_ use git, e.g. when committing/pushing changes -
it's a miserable experience.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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