[darcs-users] review darcs patch: Simplify EXAMPLE.sh.

Eric Kow kowey at darcs.net
Mon Sep 21 04:55:09 UTC 2009

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 12:34:58 +1000, Trent W. Buck wrote:
> The reason I initially added it was because $PWD is implied state, and
> FP teaches us that state is bad.  Specifically, it means that when
> copy-and-pasting parts of a test into a shell, if you forget the cd, it
> all breaks.  I also find it less confusing when working with >1 repo.

I tend to use blocks of whitespace for this, for what it's worth.

cd R
cd ..

cd S
cd ..

Even if the last cd.. in a script is useless, I still write it
just to balance the 'bracket'

> Also, the rationale for using one-letter directories and files (instead
> of the older "temp1" convention) is that they're shorter and about as
> meaningful.  The implied convention is:
>     repositories: R, S, ...
>     directories: d, e, ...
>     files: f, g, ...
> One bug in this convention is that you can't express 3 dirs and a file
> in a single dir.

And for cases like this, I switch to a modest variant of the convention
d1, d2, d3, f

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