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Re: VC mode and git

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: VC mode and git
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:56:27 -0400

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  > What people are trying to tell you is that you are trying to force-fit
  > a DVCS into behaving like a centralized VCS because your thinking
  > about how to use it is still limited by old mental habits from RCS/CVS
  > days.

When a change in software makes people change their mental habits,
that is called "incompatibility".  It is a negative.

You can't make incompatibility a virtue by calling the previous mental
habits "old" or saying that they "limit" people.  That's just

           Early in my learning process about DVCSes I had the same
  > problem and had to get past it. Now it's your turn.

In other words, "We all suffered through this inconvenience, so why
shouldn't you have to suffer as we did?"

Perhaps you gained something in exchange for the incompatibility.
Distributed version control systems permit many things that may be
useful for you -- but I don't have an occasion to do those things.

Of course, it is not a lot of work to type 'git push'.  The issue is
not about that small amount of work.  The problem is the pitfall:
forgetting to do this leads to silent lossage.

Sometimes incompatibility is inevitable, but that's not true in this
case.  It is easy to see how to make VC make this operation
compatible, in various ways.  We can get all the benefit without the

Dr Richard Stallman
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