[Haskell-cafe] A small Darcs anomoly

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Fri Apr 29 17:03:51 CEST 2011

On 28/04/2011 03:21 PM, Chris Smith wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-04-28 at 08:04 +0200, Bardur Arantsson wrote:
>> There's also the fact that using in-repo branches means that all the
>> tooling doesn't have to rely on any (fs-specific) conventions for
>> finding branches.
>> As someone who has admin'd a reasonably large Bazaar setup (where
> branch
>> == directory similarly to Darcs) I can honestly say that this would be
> a
>> HUGE boon.
> Just keep in mind that adding branches withing the repository is a
> massive increase in the conceptual complexity of the system, and it
> would IMO be very un-darcs-like to adopt something like that into the
> core mental model you need to use a darcs repository, only because of
> incidental conveniences

> Convention, rather than baking answers into tools, is the right way to
> solve organizational problems, and that's essentially what we're talking
> about here.  And adding complexity every time someone has an awkward use
> case will lead (has led, in more systems than I can count) to an
> unusable result in the end.

It seems half the people here think that having multiple branches per 
repo is a fantastic idea, while the other half think it's a stupid idea.

Perhaps there is room for more than one revision control system based on 
change-sets in this world?

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