[darcs-users] Feedback on hunk splitting with Darcs 2.4 beta 1

Isaac Dupree ml at isaac.cedarswampstudios.org
Sat Jan 16 19:42:14 UTC 2010

Jason Dagit wrote:
> Some ideas on improving it (sorry if these were already suggested, tried, or
> rejected):
>   a) What about removing the '===' markers and using the same presentation
> that hunk patches use?  Meaning, unchanged lines begin with a space, removed
> lines begin with -, and added lines begin with +.  What I'm trying to
> achieve is that darcs has already trained people to recognize a particular
> format for hunks.  Let's try to reuse what the user has already learned.
>  Hopefully less learning means less effort to reach understanding.

If this is possible without changing the actual meaning of the UI, then 
I think it might help me a lot. (Although it might be more inefficient, 
interactively, if you both have to move a line AND have to change the 
'-' to a '+' or something?)

Ganesh makes a good point that splitting something that consists of a 
bunch of lines being replaced with a new, different bunch of lines might 
not be as UI-trivial as adding "==SPLIT" lines in places. Hmm.

What if we proceed by examples? Use case: I modified several lines in a 
row and I only want to record the change on one or two lines in the 
middle.  How do I do this?
...and I want to record only the capitalization of 'b'.
If it is in fact possible to use the UI efficiently in all common cases, 
then perhaps we just need a series of examples... although, considering 
the wiki page which is only somewhat helpful now, I'm not sure.


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