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

From: Eric S. Raymond <esr_at_thyrsus.com>
Date: 2004-09-28 02:53:21 CEST

Mark Phippard <MarkP@softlanding.com>:
> I suspect you are already aware of this, but in 1.1 when you create a dump
> file you can specify --deltas to create a so-called "deltified" dump file.

Yes, I have lerarned this.

> Regardless, I thought I recalled that when this was talked about
> previously, it was just the overall dumpfile structure and meta-information
> that we were interested in. I thought there was going to be a mime-type or
> something like that to indicate that the file contents were being expressed
> as a patch-compatible diff, or some other format?

Yes, that was the line of discussion that was leading to action diffs.
We worked out that that is a different concept.
> You seem to envision something different, such as performing commits to the
> action-diff as well. How do you envision doing the commit, what would the
> UI be?

I am now imagining an action-diff format in which one of the actions is
"commit". The semantics of that action would be "take all the diffs
outstanding (e.g., since the previous commit) group them as a revision, and
put it in the repository".

Is that a useful answer?

		Eric S. Raymond
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