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Re: Merging insanity

From: Dale R. Worley <dworley_at_pingtel.com>
Date: 2005-09-07 20:03:56 CEST

On Wed, 2005-09-07 at 12:11 -0400, Adam Gibson wrote:
> Would the concern with implementing CREATED be that everyone might think
> that would work for all branching methods and cause confusion?

The problem runs deeper than that -- you've described what you want
CREATED to in a very limited (albeit useful) set of circumstances. But
you haven't given a specification that explains how CREATED is
interpreted in *all* possible circumstances, nor an algorithm that shows
how that could be implmented. To do those things, you have to deal with
all the dank corners of what might be going on.

For instance, does each file and directory carry a value of CREATED? In
a WC, which item's CREATED controls how the command is executed? If you
use multiple stages of branching, how does CREATED help? Etc., etc.

Dale

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