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merge_tests.py 2 failure on issue-4194-dev branch

From: Paul Burba <ptburba_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:51:28 -0500

<cmpilato> pburba: got a second (ha!) for a dry-run merge question?

<pburba> cmpilato: Shoot

<cmpilato> i'm trying to determine how the code handles notifications
for added items which are children of other added items.
<cmpilato> i've managed to regress on my issue-4194-dev branch. got
some merge --dry-run's not jiving with the actual merge.
<cmpilato> merge_tests.py 2 is the one i'm looking at now.

<pburba> cmpilato: Let me build that branch and take a look

<cmpilato> ok.
<cmpilato> but my general question is: the merge_file_added() logic
branch, where does the dry-run code learn that its okay to not
consider the file "foo/bar" obstructed even though "foo" doesn't exist
on disk *because* "foo" was also added in the merge?
<cmpilato> i can see "foo" (or, in this case, ".../A/C/Q" in the
merge_b->dry_run_added hash.
<cmpilato> but when handling the subsequent merge_file_added of
".../A/C/Q/bar" and ".../A/C/Q/bar2", i never see the code consult
that hash to see if the reason why there's no A/C/Q on disk is because
it, too, is being added as part of the merge.

<pburba> cmpilato: I don't immediately follow the question, I'm going
to need a few to look at the test & code

<cmpilato> fair 'nuff.
<cmpilato> by the way, ra_serf is driving the editor a bit wonkily,
per the norm.
<cmpilato> (so don't be surprised by that.)
<cmpilato> but it seems to be driving it differently wonkily than it
does on trunk.

<pburba> cmpilato: Is the test failure only with ra_serf?

<cmpilato> yes.
<cmpilato> probably shoulda mentioned that. doh.
<cmpilato> oh! i think i finally found it!

<pburba> Old bug?

<cmpilato> Not in a universe where editors are driven to the specification. :-)
<cmpilato> But ra_serf...
<cmpilato> But yes, I think it's a preexisting bug that just gets
tickled now (as much by chance as by anything else).
<cmpilato> We keep both a merge_b->added_path AND a
merge_b->dry_run_added hash. I think we can drop the former and
consult the latter in those situations.
<cmpilato> (though, the cost will be ridiculous...)

Maybe we keep merge_b->added_path and check it as we do now. We only
only consult merge_b->dry_run_added as a fall-back, but if the
fall-back check does determine that the dry-run added path is the
child of a previous (but not most recent) dry-run addition, then we
update merge_b->added_path to the immediate parent of the latest added
path.

That would keep the check quick for cases like merge_tests.py 2 when a
dir is added, then a sibling dir is added, and then children of the
first dir are added.

A A\C\Q
A A\C\Q2
A A\C\Q\s1
A A\C\Q\s2
.
.
A A\C\Q\sN
A A\C\Q2\s1
A A\C\Q2\s2
.
.
A A\C\Q2\sN

Of course in the worst case this is just as bad as having to iterate
over merge_b->dry_run_added checking for potential parents of a newly
added path.

Alternatively, we pitch merge_b->added_path as you suggest and change
merge_b->dry_run_added so it is not a complete list of added paths,
but only tracks the *roots* of any added subtrees. Of course this
makes dry_run_added_p more expensive since it has to iterate the hash
rather than doing a single lookup.

Or possibly (this is the "likely to be judged overkill" option) we
still get rid of merge_b->added_path, but we change
merge_b->dry_run_added from a hash to tree data structure whose leaf
nodes map to the roots of added subtrees and whose root node maps the
nearest common ancestor of all the added subtree roots found so far.
This is still O(n) like option 2, but n is the depth of the tree
rather than the number of subtree roots -- which in the worst case is
likely to be a lot less (he says without much conviction)

-- 
Paul T. Burba
CollabNet, Inc. -- www.collab.net -- Enterprise Cloud Development
Skype: ptburba
P.S. We still won't see ordering like this will we?
A    A\C\Q
A    A\C\Q2
A    A\C\Q\s1
A    A\C\Q2\s1
A    A\C\Q\s2
Received on 2012-11-28 17:52:01 CET

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