[darcs-users] Naming consistency between darcs and other DVCSs

Ashley Moran ashley.moran at patchspace.co.uk
Thu Jul 16 14:56:03 UTC 2009

On 15 Jul 2009, at 21:53, Dan Pascu wrote:

>> Maybe `darcs revert` should really be called `darcs rollback` then?
> Renaming one existing command into another existing command would be  
> a major confusion. Let's not do that. These commands are already  
> etched into the darcs user's mind. Unless there is a real problem  
> with a command I see no reason to start replacing and swapping them  
> like there's no tomorrow, just because others use something else. If  
> it ain't broke don't fix it.

I wasn't suggesting it would be a good idea to rename this one, just  
that (to me) "rollback" seems like the most sensible option.

You *could* do it, I guess, if you renamed `darcs rollback` to `darcs  
XXX`, and then, much much much later, renamed `darcs revert` to `darcs  
rollback`.  I imagine you'd want to leave it a year or so to do  
something that radical though.  But the same principle could be  
applied to any command.

I'm strongly against causing confusion, but I'm also against living  
with something that could be improved because "we called it that and  
we're stuck with it now".



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