[darcs-users] patch file naming

Kevin Smith yarcs at qualitycode.com
Fri Mar 19 17:52:13 UTC 2004


Zooko O'Whielacronx wrote:
> Nonetheless, humans really like timestamps.  One suggestion would be to make a
> serial number be the only part that is meaningful to the computer -- the only
> part included in the hashed name -- and keep the "nominal timestamp" as a
> convenience to the user.  Another, perhaps less safe alternative, would be to
> included both in the name.  

I agree with your general theory, but including a serial number would 
only (potentially) help with the accidental case. It does nothing to 
improve the "real" problem, which is an attacker injecting inconsistent 
patches into multiple related repos.

At least, that's how I see it right now.

Kevin




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