[darcs-users] [Haskell-cafe] Switching from Mercurial to Darcs

Eric Kow kowey at darcs.net
Thu Feb 5 16:06:54 UTC 2009

Hi Peter.

In interactive mode, I like using the 'x' command to summarise things.

Darcs-users: here's Peter's message in case you have any tips.



Peter V:
> I'm trying to switch from HG to Darcs, but I'm failing miserably in getting
> the same productivity. I often do bad checkins with Darcs, merely because
> the amount of information I get from Darcs is overwhelming and I don't have
> time to read the details of the large set of commands.
> With Mercurial, here's my basic workflow:
> 1) hg st
> lists just the filenames of changed, deleted, new files (with a char prefix
> to show what kind of change it is). I only want to see the filenames, not
> the lines/content. If I want to see changes in the content, I use hg diff
> using a visual differ. My brain is not capable of making sense of the
> textual diff.
> 2) modify .hgignore to make sure only these files are added that are part of
> the project. I want this process to be automated, I don't want to check each
> time which files to add, since this is error prone.
> 3) hg addrem
> this adds new files and removes deleted files from local repos.
> forgetting to add files is a common problem, and is really tricky since no
> record is made of these files, so if after a couple of versions if a
> developer finds out a file was missing, the history is useless since you
> can't reconstruct the old content of that local file anymore, and often it's
> impossible to give the local file to the other developers since it might be
> changed. I actually would like to have an option that automatically
> adds/deletes files on each commit, as it is easier to delete a file after it
> is checked in, than it is to reconstruct an old version from a local file
> you forgot to add.
> 4) hg commit -m "message"
> this commits my changes locally. I always do this before pulling since then
> I'm sure my changes are saved in the case a merge goes wrong.
> 5) hg pull -u
> this pulls in changes, and updates and merges the files, using a visual
> merger of my preference.
> 6) hg commit -m "merged"
>     hg push
> only needed if I did a merge and want to push that merge.
> 7) back to 1)
> It would be nice to know how to do this using darcs, or if a better way
> exists using darcs, that would be handy too :)

Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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