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

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Sun Mar 20 21:36:37 UTC 2005

On Sun, Mar 20, 2005 at 03:17:01AM -0800, 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!"

Yeah, I've seen that argument.  I don't buy it.  I've never forgotten that
a directory is under version control.  I don't know anyone who has.
And its just "ls .darcs" to check.

And then there are those cases where I *want* to forget that its under 
version control.  If, as I'm currently doing using subversion, I want to
put a repository checkout straight into /var/www on a web server. [1]
I want the fact that its a checkout to be hidden from normal users.
Then I can diff and see who's been naughty and edited the production files.

But so far these are very small problems.  I'm still waiting for my initial
"yuck" factor to wear off.

[1] Yes, whether using a version control system for distribution is a good
idea or not is a whole nother arugument, but its done.

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