[darcs-users] unique features + exponential time issue

Steve Gardner steve.gardner at solitonit.com
Tue Oct 16 09:18:32 UTC 2007

Hilary Oliver wrote:
> As for unique positive features, which I presume are mostly consequences 
> of darcs' underlying patch theory, these should be explicitly 
> highlighted because they are the features we are not going to find in 
> any other revision control system that might tempt us away from darcs.  
I agree. Is the following suggestion any good?

One good consequence of the patch theory is that it allows darcs to
apply patches rigorously: other systems use "fuzzy" patching, searching
through a file for what seems to be the best place to apply each change.
Darcs knows exactly where the changes should go by looking at the patch
histories of the source and target repositories. This removes a potential
cause of corruption.

Best regards

Steve Gardner

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