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Subject: Re: [boost] [git] Mercurial?
From: Daniel James (dnljms_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-03-22 15:37:54

On 22 March 2012 17:17, Dave Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> on Thu Mar 22 2012, Martin Geisler <> wrote:
>> Julien Nitard <julien.nitard_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>>> It seems that everybody has heard of this magic... but nobody has
>>>> actually seen it, and nobody can remember where they read about it :)
>>> I do, in case somebody is interested. It's in the introduction to
>>> Mercurial wrote by Joel Spolski.that was posted here not so long ago.
>>> paragraph "One more big conceptual difference".
>> Oh, yeah, that guide... :)
>> I'm afraid Joel didn't really know what he was talking about back when
>> he wrote that piece.
> +1

Wrt. git, the 'magic' certainly predates 'hg init'. For example, see
the second answer at:

I think it dates back to early git development, when people were
arguing about rename tracking. I think people might have read too much
into things like:

Or maybe got confused with the content tracking in 'git blame'. Or
things just get distorted as they are repeated.

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