[MERGE] Rule-based preferences (EOL part 1 of 3)

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Mon May 19 10:20:47 BST 2008

On Mon, 2008-05-19 at 18:20 +1000, Martin Pool wrote:
> More importantly - this seems like the first mention of having rules
> inside the branch/ directory (unless I just missed a previous thread?)
> and since it's quite substantial you should call it out more in your
> review.
> I don't think putting a rules file in there is a good idea; in general
> everything in there should be determined solely by the branch format.
> Adding a new one would require a branch format bump, and also code to
> move them around, merge them, diff them, etc.  I think it would be
> much more appropriate to put it in the working tree as .bzrrules.
> (I'm happy to explain more about why this is so either in mail or
> elsewhere if you want but won't flog it for now.)

I am very shy of putting control files in the users tree; we've had bad
experiences consistently in every VCS I have used or cut code for;
please do explain more about why you feel they should be in the tree.

(Yes, putting them in the branch object means we need to think about the
impact carefully - but we need to do so regardless of where we put them)


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