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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: DARCS

From: Robert Anderson
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: DARCS
Date: 07 Sep 2003 17:25:39 -0700

On Sun, 2003-09-07 at 15:38, Bruce Stephens wrote:
> Ethan Benson <address@hidden> writes:
> [...]
> > {arch} and .arch-ids are no worse then CVS and SVN and BitKeeper all
> > over the place.  arch is better even since .arch-ids is hidden from
> > standard lists, and never bothers greps and typical finds.
> >
> > the only annoyance for me is the pristine trees in {arch} which
> > screw up rgrep.  but ive heard tom say he wanted to kill pristine
> > trees anyway, so that may well solve itself.
> I agree, it's mostly the pristine trees that have caught me out.
> .arch-ids annoy me because they're the wrong way to do explicit tags;

You've made this assertion repeatedly without substantiating it.  What
is "wrong" about it?

I looked back at prior discussion, and all I found was this:

>> What you're proposing - some sort of textual inventory in {arch}, I
>> guess - would require the implementation to go through and keep
>> track of all of that movement and all the implications of directory
>> moves, etc.  Why do that when the filesystem already does that work
>> for you?

>Because (while arch is still gaining mindshare) I can't justify adding
>taglines.  Because (in general) moving files (or moving directories)
>is unusual enough that I don't mind remembering to tell arch (or
>OpenCM, or subversion, or meta-cvs, or whatever).

But that's a confused response.  I was not suggesting that you add
taglines.  I'm asking why add additional "metadata" in {arch} when that
is just redundant state to be maintained that could become corrupted?

You said "how often does that happen" when I described the advantages
wrt to directory moves in particular.  First of all, I use it all the
time.  Second of all, it's completely irrelevant how often it happens. 
Either the code supports it, or it doesn't.

So, again, what is "wrong" about it?


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