Re: Newbie grief

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On 5/3/12 09:08 , Hallvard Breien Furuseth wrote:
  Philip Oakley wrote:
A bit of browsing found
http://stevelosh.com/blog/2009/08/a-guide-to-branching-in-mercurial/
which helped with some of the confusion about the different meanings
of "branch". It looks like an Hg branch is a Git clone.  Git can be
hard work until one 'gets' how and why the new DVCS approach works.
Plus learing the UI.
  Aha, now this thread finally makes some sense.  So when Rich
  wants a "branch" with several tips, he actually wants several
  Git clones (repositories) with the same Git branch checked out -
  and some of them with local commits to it.
Yes.
  And these commits can be shared as remote branches between the
  clones, which in Hg-speak means that in one particular clone,
  Git will "bookmark" the other clones' tips.
Well, no. In hg, these are all managed. So there's no scaling issue. They can all push/pull together, since they are really all just one shared branch. Adding a new repository to the mix is trivial. And either pushes or pulls can be used, or any combo.

With git, I must manually make space for each and every repository, manually track which set of changes are where, manually track which need to be merged, and manually track which repositories are looking at which git branches so that they don't collide, or only collide in the current repository and only when I'm prepared to merge them.

(The bookmark solution appears to be what hg-git uses. Hg-git is an hg extension to allow push/pull/clone from git repositories using hg. Unfortunately, it doesn't translate git submodules into hg subrepositories - yet.)

--rich
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