Comparison with Git, Mercurial or Darcs?
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Nov 4 13:02:41 GMT 2009
Daniel Carrera writes:
> On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 8:22 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at xemacs.org> wrote:
> > You won't. It's not interesting to patch theorists or Darcs
> > advocates. :-)
> Well, I did spend a while learning the theory of patches and all the
> interesting work is what happens when two primitive patches affect the
> same file and how they commute.
Exactly. The point is that the vast majority of patches commute
trivially (they affect different sets of files), and a large fraction
of the rest affect widely separated hunks in the same file. Of course
in a line of development neighboring patches are likely to be a
non-trivial commute, but once you get past that local effect you'll
run into long strings of trivial commutes. From the point of view of
theorists and advocates, though, that's uninteresting.
More information about the bazaar