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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [MERGE REQUEST] unify various commands around arch_

From: Aaron Bentley
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [MERGE REQUEST] unify various commands around arch_fqvsn_from_tree_and_input
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 09:14:23 -0400
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Colin Walters wrote:
I also removed the
ability for delta to operate on directories, which made things easier. This last bit (which is in patch-8) may be slightly controversial (?)
but it's cleaner without, and it seems like people should just use

Oops, missed this last time.

Please don't remove functionality from delta (and apply-delta, which uses it). Delta and apply-delta are low-level primitives. As I mentioned in a recent email, combined with "logs" and "tree-root", they can replace:
replay [--reverse] REVISION

We don't generally use [apply-]delta for these, and that's more-or-less the point: there are far more convenient commands than delta and apply-delta. Let's keep them raw and powerful, so they can be applied when no other tool is suitable.

If you can fix your patch to support directories for delta, great. But delta's a powerful-and-inconvenient command. Even with your changes, it'll still be pretty inconvenient, but a lot less powerful.

Also, it will probably break scripts.

Aaron Bentley
Director of Technology
Panometrics, Inc.

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