[darcs-users] [issue1537] pull => bug in get_extra commuting patches

Eric Kow kowey at darcs.net
Thu Apr 8 21:19:55 UTC 2010


On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 10:25:38 -0700, Simon Michael wrote:
> Replying on darcs-users, which I think is current policy, since I'm not
> sure how much discussion is involved here -

Thanks!

> Isn't there *something* useful we can do with this issue ? I would not
> close it yet, because I consider it a bug that darcs reports a message
> like "bug in get_extra commuting patches" when the user tries to do
> something that to their mind seems perfectly reasonable (pulling between
> two similar-looking repos). 

> For example, we could change that message to "problem encountered while
> commuting patches (are you pulling between separately converted
> repos ?)".

Well, I would definitely be keen to see that error message become more
helpful.

One important thing to note is that the "bug in get_extra" could
indicate many things, one of them being that there actually is a bug
(hence the error message), but in practice many of them being mere
errors.  We can't tell the difference.

http://wiki.darcs.net/Troubleshooting#bug%20in%20get_extra%20commuting%20patch

If you could find a way to capture the things above into a better
error message, then great!  That'd make Darcs a bit more usable :-)

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