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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] version aliases

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] version aliases
Date: 05 Apr 2004 16:06:17 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

>> > Is this something you want to code up or just an idle thought?

There's only a fixed number of hours per day last time I checked, so I'm
just an Arch user and not an Arch coder for now.  Sorry.

>> > I.e., is it worth explaining how to go about implementing it?

Not really.

> Not really.   Aliases would need a distinctive syntax -- perhaps a
> prefix character.   So, you wouldn't say:
>       tla get latest-emacs
> you might say:
>       tla get :latest-emacs

Well, actually given that I use `tla get' only once every blue moon, I'd
prefer if we used more relevant examples while thinking about it.
So how about `tla changes :latest-emacs' ?
You might think this is nitpicking, but there is a significant difference:
all the cases I care about are command used from within a tree.

> The hard part is designing how archive-wide (for all users of a
> certain archive),  meta-archive (archives containing aliases referring
> to other archives), and per-user aliases are stored, what they consist
> of, which take priority, where to search for a given name, etc.

As I said, I think they should be tree-wide rather than archive-wide or
user-wide.  At least, as a user, I'd like to use the same alias for
different purposes depending on which tree I'm in.
So I was thinking of storing them under the {arch} dir.  I don't know
whether it should be rev-controlled or not, tho.  Of course, maybe we want
all of those options, but it's probably not worth the trouble.


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