[darcs-users] Re: should 'changes' be renamed 'log'? (was: Re: SchwernLikesDarcs SchwernHatesDarcs)

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Sun Mar 20 21:39:24 UTC 2005

On Sun, Mar 20, 2005 at 09:26:47PM +0000, Mark Stosberg wrote:
> I'm not a fan of aliases, but I agree with some of Schwern's reasoning
> about their values. 
> One idea: "hints". This would be a hidden feature that would give 
> a helpful suggestion if you tried 'commit' or 'log':
>  $ darcs commit
>  'commit' is not a valid darcs sub-command. Instead, try 'record'
>  to record a change locally, then 'push' or 'send' to send it to 
>  a remote repo. See 'darcs help' for further help.

A very good idea.  Especially since this is a critical point where the
darcs and CVS workflows diverge.

>  $ darcs log
>  'log' is not a valid darcs-subcommand. Your probably want 'darcs
>  changes'. See 'darcs help' for further help.

Its interesting to note here that while the "darcs commit" message includes
a reason why there's no commit command the log message does not.

> Another idea: "darcs --cvs-help". This option would be visible in the
> output of "darcs -h" and would be described as "Help for CVS users". 
> When called, it would output a version of the CVS->darcs conversion
> chart.

Good idea.

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