[darcs-users] Naming consistency between darcs and other DVCSs
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Thu Jul 16 05:58:59 UTC 2009
Dan Pascu writes:
> While I understand Stephen's argument about the analogy with rollback
> from the database terminology, I'm not bothered by the fact that
> darcs' rollback goes deeper than the last transaction.
That's not an issue here. That happens to be true of Mercurial's
implementation. The important difference is that a rollback in
database terminology means that the transaction is deleted from
history. As you point out this would be very dangerous in Darcs
because in Darcs rollback *adds* a patch.
> While a similarity with something like the database terminology could
> be useful to some degree, I do not expect that if we use similar terms
> they also behave exactly the same since the database field and the VCS
> field are not the same thing.
That's absolutely true. VCS is a *proper* subset of the database
field, an application of abstract database technology. It is
primarily the idiosyncratic terminology of VCS that leads people to
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