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Subject: Re: [boost] [git] neglected aspects
From: Julien Nitard (julien.nitard_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-02-11 09:38:59

> No, there is a fundamental difference between svn and git. Let me
> elaborate.
> In svn, by "branch" we just mean a branch of the file tree in the
> repository. The repository as a whole has a single history which is a
> linear sequence of revisions. So of course you can make a feature
> branch, but a commit to that feature branch is really also a commit to
> all other branches, the trunk and all tags -- and vice versa.

This is just wrong. A commit (or revert) to a branch is a commit to
that branch only. And don't tell me that the shared version number is
a problem.

> If at
> second thought you don't like your last three commits to the feature
> branch, you can't just revert history because that might also undo,
> say, the last twenty commits other people made to trunk. So you always
> have to manually select which files or subtrees to revert.

You're wrong, again. This is completely possible and even simple. I
only have to select (including cherry picking) the commits I want to

The level of wrongness in this email (at least the quoted part above)
is such that it is hard for me to keep calm. I am, admittedly, biased
toward SVN. I can accept that DCVS systems like git may improve the
workflow on projects like boost, but you're twisting facts. I am
currently wondering whether you did that on purpose or not.

Sorry if this was too strong, I am not perfect myself and make
mistakes too. I would like to keep the discussion in a cordial tone
if possible.


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