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Re: Eric goes to lunch -- a decentralized-development user story

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-09-16 22:09:08 CEST

"Eric S. Raymond" <esr@thyrsus.com> writes:

> Yeah, OK. But you're forced to treat all the work you do offline as
> one big lump expressed by one big patch, and you don't get the log
> messages on your local commits automatically propagated up to the main
> repo along with the patch.

No, that's not true. I sequentially apply each revision from my
temporary repository to my "real" work copy, and can commit up each of
this changes individually, even pulling the original log message for
that change from the temporary repository.

Now, I'll grant you that because I've not taken the time to script
this process, it's almost more headache than it's worth. But please
don't imagine that the case for some VC decentralization was first
made by Eric Raymond on today's Subversion list. :-) It's happening
already, in various forms, and with various degrees of ease/pain.

So, I agree. There *is* utility in some decentralization. The catch
is harvesting that utility while throttling the chaos that can quite
easily ensue.

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