[darcs-users] [patch26] Rewrite "darcs diff" help.

Trent W. Buck trentbuck at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 12:32:55 UTC 2009

New submission from Trent W. Buck <trentbuck at gmail.com>:

Eric Kow <kowey at darcs.net> writes:

> On Sat, Oct 03, 2009 at 18:40:22 +1000, Trent W.Buck wrote:
>> Sat Oct  3 18:21:43 EST 2009  Trent W. Buck <trentbuck at gmail.com>
>>   * Rewrite "darcs diff" help.
> I'm not sure what to do with this patch, so I await your command
> Rewrite "darcs diff" help.
> --------------------------
>> + "The `darcs diff' command compares two versions of the working tree of\n" ++
>> + "the current repository.  Without options, the pristine (recorded) and\n" ++
>> + "unrecorded working trees are compared.  This is equivalent to, but\n" ++
>> + "slower than, the `darcs whatsnew' command, because `darcs diff' relies\n" ++
>> + "on the external diff(1) utility.  As with `darcs whatsnew', if you\n" ++
> Two comments about the equivalence between darcs diff and whatsnew.
> 1. darcs whatsnew provides higher-level information (mv foo bar; replace
>    x y; changepref z w)
> 2. presumably what makes it slower is not that we are outsourcing to
>    diff (1), but that in order to do so we first have to make two
>    copies of the pristine cache on disk and unapply patches to
>    both of them
> Looks good to me otherwise.

Per the above, this should probably go straight into "needs amendment" status.

files: rewrite-_darcs-diff_-help_.dpatch, unnamed
messages: 9110
nosy: twb
status: needs-review
title: Rewrite "darcs diff" help.

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