[darcs-devel] Making a hashed repository offline safe
btcoburn at silicodon.net
Sun Dec 16 01:02:32 UTC 2007
I have a bit of a question / suggestion about the hashed repository
Is there an option to force darcs to download everything, thus making
a repository safe for offline use?
I would suggest that an option like "--offline-safe" could be added
to "pull" and "get" operations to force them to *not* be lazy about
retrieving data. It should also be possible to take a repository in
an unknown state of offline safeness and make it safe, so that one
will not shoot one's self in the foot later when using it offline. I
think "darcs optimize --offline-safe" would be an appropriate command
for this action.
Some example use cases:
The backup repository. Say you backup your main repository with a
cron job that runs "darcs pull -a" regularly. In order for this to
continue to be a real backup, you would need to run "darcs pull -a --
Travel and vacation time. Say you are talking a laptop on a 10 plane
flight, visiting a remote location, or otherwise planning to be
without network access. In order to keep using the repository while
offline. You need a way to proactively ask darcs to download anything
that might be missing, while you still have an internet connection.
Thus the utility of "darcs optimize --offline-safe".
Thanks again, to everyone who has put so much energy into improving
Regards, Ben Coburn
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