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Re: git history tracking across renames (and emacs support)

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: git history tracking across renames (and emacs support)
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:51:53 -0400

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  > like Git were common, and the format's insistence on recording details 
  > findable elsewhere wastes my time and my readers' time, as well as being a 
  > barrier to entry as you mention. Unfortunately, we have not been able to 
  > convince RMS to fix the format, even though it really needs an upgrade.

It is not a matter of an "upgrade" to the "format".

The issue is whether to stop including the detailed changes.
I've agreeds to this in principle, provided that we have tools
that really provide those data correctly.

Proponents of the change claim that some Git commands provide the same
data.  However, I've shown that the output is incorrect in certain
situations.  They are unusual, but not rare or absurd.

If you'd like this change to be made, recognize the problem and fix
it.  Implement a kind of diff that reliably gives the correct list
of entities changed -- at least for C and Emacs Lisp -- and then
I'll agree to this change for Emacs Lisp.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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