bazaar Digest, Vol 47, Issue 82

Paul Moore p.f.moore at
Sat Jan 17 22:43:34 GMT 2009

2009/1/17 Alexander Belchenko <bialix at>:
> I guess today answer is: using `bzr branch --stacked`. User even can set this
> as default branch method via aliases.
> It's both fast and using "pointer" to original repository.

Aha! Thanks, that does sound like a good approach.

> Paul, also I'm understand why you prefer Mercurial, but I think you just
> don't want to try to change your habits and learn "bzr way".

Well, given one DVCS that lets me work as I always have, and another
that doesn't, all other things being equal I'll choose the one that
doesn't need me to change :-)

But you are right, I don't want to change my working habits. I'm not
sure that I think that a DVCS tool ought to be dictating my
development practices. If I was using something like MS Visual Studio,
which I believe requires a particular project directory structure, I
may not be able to change. (I vaguely recall some comments here from
Eclipse users saying something similar).

> Bzr unlikely will use hardlinks in the future, because bzr repo format
> don't reflect working tree structure as hg did. But I think you knew it
> already. Hg model is simpler for you, but in the same time it has its own
> limitations.

Agreed. This is all personal preference, and I don't want anyone to
think that I'm criticising Bazaar. All I'm doing is explaining why I
made the choice I did - because someone (sorry, I can't recall who
right now) asked me to based on an earlier comment of mine.


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