[Haskell-cafe] Re: [darcs-devel] announcing darcs 2.0.0pre3
zooko at zooko.com
Thu Jan 31 13:51:10 EST 2008
On Jan 31, 2008, at 9:15 AM, David Roundy wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 09:47:06AM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
>> I have one concern though, and it's a big one. On your DarcsTwo
>> it says:
>> Darcs get is now much faster, and always operates in a "lazy"
>> fashion, meaning that patches are downloaded only when they are
>> needed. . . if the source repository disappears, or you lose
>> connectivity, some operations may fail. I do not believe these
>> dangers will prove particularly problematic, but we may need to
>> fine-tune the user interface to make it more clear what is going
>> To me, that's a showstopper.
I would suggest that strict get should be the default and lazy is a
Strict is what is expected by all current users of darcs-1, plus all
users of git, bzr, monotone, mercurial, etc..
Note that this kind of unpleasant surprise doesn't arise only when
using a remote repository. I myself did "darcs get local1 local2",
then, thinking that I had just made a complete copy of the history,
did "rm -rf local1".
Fortunately, this was not my only copy of this repository, but it
could have been.
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