[darcs-users] should we support .darcs too? (was: Re: SchwernLikesDarcs SchwernHatesDarcs)

Dustin Sallings dustin at spy.net
Sun Mar 20 19:59:41 UTC 2005

On Mar 20, 2005, at 3:17, Julian Snitow wrote:

> I like being able to type a default `ls' and immediately see that a
> directory is also a darcs repository, without having to muck around
> with my shell's settings. Seeing _darcs is a friendly reminder that
> says, "I am your own personal branch of project FOO, not some puny
> distribution directory!"

	I never liked that argument (it's come up a lot on gnu-arch-users) for 
the following reason:

	dustinti:~/prog/darcs/PhotoSyncObjc/Resources 519% ls
	Info-gnustep.plist      month.html              searchfun.txt
	PhotoSyncGS.gorm/       page.html               style.css
	index.html              search.html             year.html
	dustinti:~/prog/darcs/PhotoSyncObjc/Resources 520% darcs whatsnew -sl
	No changes!

	I don't see any value in knowing that the current directory is the top 
of a darcs repository.  There is certainly value in knowing that the 
current directory is managed by darcs.  The closest thing in darcs is 
``darcs whatsnew'' which will give you the following if you're not:

	dustinti:~/prog/darcs/PhotoSyncObjc/Resources 521% cd /tmp/
	dustinti:/tmp 522% darcs whatsnew

	darcs failed:  Unable to "darcs whatsnew" here.

	You need to be in a repository directory to run this command.

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