Version control systems

Thomas Schilling nominolo at
Mon Aug 11 07:18:17 EDT 2008

On 11 Aug 2008, at 12:38, Sittampalam, Ganesh wrote:

> Thomas Schilling wrote:
>> (I am also no longer convinced that Darcs'
>> automatic patch dependency calculations are
>> actually a good idea.  Just because two patches
>> don't touch the same files, doesn't mean they
>> aren't semantically dependent.  Take for
>> example "monadification" patches, which are
>> typically submitted split up for each file.
>> A branch captures those dependencies just fine.)
> But the darcs approach to dependency is what underlies cherry-picking,
> which many people consider the most worthwhile feature of darcs. In  
> fact
> many people would like it to be possible to override even the
> dependencies that darcs *does* find to cherry-pick patch A without  
> patch
> B that A depends on, at the expense of producing a conflict that then
> has to be fixed up by hand.

Cherry-picking just a single patch is simple in Git: "git cherry-pick  
What's missing in Git is the automatic detection of dependent  
patches.  Otherwise it would be straightforward to write a Darcs  
frontend for Git.


/ Thomas
Push the envelope.  Watch it bend.

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