RFC: migrating to git

Dan Knapp dankna at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 01:06:46 CET 2011

I just noticed that the discussion has been concluded and I was replying to an
old thread.  I apologize for the noise.

On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM, Dan Knapp <dankna at gmail.com> wrote:
> In my one serious attempt to use git for one of my own projects, some
> seemingly-innocuous operation deleted a file on me and I lost a couple
> hours of work.  I agree with the people who have said that git's
> documentation and semantics are highly confusing, moreso than darcs's.
>  For example, what does it mean to "stage" a commit?  Why is there an
> entire GUI window for this presumably-important action, and why do
> things I think I've committed not appear in the change history or
> mysteriously reverse themselves?
> If ghc went to git, it wouldn't make me less likely to contribute, but
> I would do so by checking everything into a local darcs repo and using
> that to track my own changes, then letting somebody else do the work
> of getting them into git!  Which probably would reduce the likelihood
> of my patch being accepted, but I consider git a complete waste of my
> time and have zero interest in learning to use it.
> Plus, while I admire everyone's willingness to consider a VCS that
> isn't Haskell-based, I have to admit that there's a Haskell partisan
> in me.  And there are real advantages to being a tight-knit community.
>  If the GHC maintainers go to the Darcs maintainers and say "We
> absolutely need feature X or we will have to stop using you", the
> Darcs maintainers are likely to say "It'll be tough but we'll find a
> way to do it."  But we aren't by any means the biggest project using
> Git, so the Git maintainers would be likely to say "That's nice, keep
> in touch."
> Obligatory disclaimer - I've never written any code actually in GHC,
> although I have used the API (I am the author of direct-plugins).  But
> I frequently read its code to clarify how things work, and I do expect
> that it's a near-certainty that I'll be hacking GHC itself at some
> point in the future.
> --
> Dan Knapp
> "An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to
> be devoured." (Konrad Adenauer)

Dan Knapp
"An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to
be devoured." (Konrad Adenauer)

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