[darcs-users] annoyance with darcs convert . (darcs convert dot, aka the current directory)

Thomas Hartman thomashartman1 at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 26 18:23:16 UTC 2009

> What repository are you trying to push to?

Not to worry, it's a freshly createdempty patch-tag repository expressly for
the purpose of central control after converting to darcs-2, which I think is

On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Eric Kow <kowey at darcs.net> wrote:

> > I suppose I will need to convert and push again.
> I didn't get the full picture on this.  What repository are you trying
> to push to?  I notice you said it was a darcs-2 repository, but what
> darcs-2 repository?  Is it some sort of branch of the repository you are
> pushing from (or vice-versa?)
> I keep worrying about this point because converting branches separately
> is a *big mistake* [ however much I wish it wasn't :-( ]   If you are
> pushing to a related repository that was converted separately, you may
> run into trouble of the subtle and dangerous kind (hence our big warning
> and elaborate forcing function).  If you are just pushing to some wholly
> unrelated repository, you should be ok.
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 07:35:13 -0800, Thomas Hartman wrote:
> > Well, it certainly confused me! I would say disallow, or at least
> > warn. I'm now doubting whether I am in a darcs-2 repository after all,
> > since I edited _darcs/format manually.
> You do not.
> The darcs-2 repository was created as a subdirectory of the current one,
> with the same name.
> For what it's worth, it should never be necessary to edit the
> _darcs/format file.
> > After some reflection, I think the most intuitive thing to do might be
> > to make convert a flag to darcs get, like
> >
> > darcs get --converto-to-darcs-2
> >
> > The word "convert" followed by that elaborate warning message confused
> > me into thinking it was doing something destructive to the directory.
> Interesting point.  I think I would welcome any sort of mechanism to
> prevent common confusions or errors, or to make the warnings clearer
> or more concise still.
> I doubt major UI changes of this sort or debates about them would be
> very productive, on the other hand.   So my main interest would be on
> simpler things (e.g. improved warnings, or forcing functions)
> Best regards,
> --
> Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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Thomas Hartman

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