[darcs-users] correcting typos with amend-record

Michael Hendricks michael at ndrix.org
Sat Mar 31 11:42:43 UTC 2012

On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM, Eric Kow <eric.kow at gmail.com> wrote:
> Perhaps best folded into the darcs rebase command hierarchy,
> eg darcs rebase amend (deep amend record)?

Thanks for the feedback.  It's a good opportunity to mention some thoughts
I omitted from the first email.  I didn't suggest a rebase subcommand

   - a rebase command doesn't yet exist in standard Darcs
   - users already use amend-record to reword patch descriptions
   - I don't think darcs rebase command, as implemented, is a good way
   forward for darcs (I've been compiling feedback after using the branch for
   the last couple weeks and may send that later today)
   - it seems odd to reword a patch with amend-record when there are no
   dependencies but use rebase when there are. The user shouldn't have to
   think about patch dependencies (that's why they're using Darcs :-)

That last point may be the most meaningful to me.  Git has two commands for
this (git commit --amend vs git rebase -i, depending on whether the commit
you're rewording is the most recent).  I've spent many hours trying to
explain the distinction to frustrated developers.  We would all have been
happier if I could have said "Run `darcs amend --edit --none` and follow
the prompts, it'll do just what you want"

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