Will re-basing support be added into Bazaar core ?

Russel Winder russel.winder at concertant.com
Mon Apr 20 07:26:04 BST 2009

On Mon, 2009-04-20 at 12:14 +1000, Andrew Cowie wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-04-18 at 13:16 +1200, Talden wrote: 
> > Being in core it would
> > be likely to be maintained and tested more aggressively
> The core hackers mostly seem to advocate that rebasing is evil.

I have never understood why "Rebasing is Evil".  Surely it is just
another tool in the armoury.  Used judiciously it is a valuable tool.
Using it badly or inappropriately is the problem.

Personally I find it incredibly useful for long-term feature branches
where it is important to track the mainline branch and have the ability
to create a conflict free merge/patch.
> If they don't use it, I'm not sure it's a good idea to expect them to
> work on it, or in turn to rely on such a feature.

But this doesn't stop people making proposals for patches to the plugin,
and arguing for a move into core -- if such arguments can be made, I
don't know whether they can, I just use the plugin.

Only if strong correct arguments for change are made will it be
discoverable whether the core Bazaar development team are amenable to
change of view or just quasi-religious zealots.  We all believe the
latter to be false, but there hasn't been a test yet.

However, might it be that a strong initial path would be to contribute
further tests to the plugin so that any perceived deficiencies in rebase
support are fixed there?

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