migrating to git
ganesh.sittampalam at credit-suisse.com
Tue Jan 11 09:02:12 CET 2011
Simon Marlow wrote:
> The darcs team have been making great strides with performance, but
> conflict handling remains a serious problem. The darcs roadmap
> doesn't show this being fixed in the near future
I've just updated the roadmap for darcs 2.8 (the next major release, due
this Summer) to mention a few items about conflict handling:
- "Include old text in conflict marking"
If you have a conflict where you start with xy, and in one branch change
that to x and in another change it to xyz, the current marking is pretty
hard to decipher:
v v v v v
^ ^ ^ ^ ^
The new marking will give you
v v v v v
^ ^ ^ ^ ^
which makes things a lot clearer
This is committed already so will definitely be in (in fact I'm now
tempted to include it in the upcoming patch release, 2.5.1)
- "reduce the number of alternatives presented when there are
Complicated conflicts often result in a mess of conflicting options
being presented to you, where some of the alternatives are a seemingly
randomly chosen subset of the one side of the conflict. I've got some
patches that improve this problem, though they don't eliminate it
completely - this will probably be in 2.8 (so far the patches only work
for v2 format, but it should be possible to make them work for v1 too).
- "include patch names in conflict markers"
I have done some implementation work towards this and am hoping to have
something complete for 2.8, though there are still some issues to
resolve (might need a compatible patch format change, akin to the
old-fashioned -> hashed conversion process). At the very least the work
I've done so far will mean that it'll be available for conflicts arising
during a rebase.
There are other problems with conflict handling for which fixes are
further off and much more uncertain, which I'm happy to discuss further
if people are interested.
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