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Wed, 26 Apr 2006
0.8.1 has my two main gripes: you can now push and pull
partial trees (effectively giving you a way of expunging revisions),
and "hg revert" doesn't delete a file you previously "hg add"ed.
I filled in the User Survey too.
Some gripes remain, as with any software:
- Get rid of "forget": "revert" now does the job of removing an add
correctly. While forget could be useful, it's a wart.
- Get rid of "undo": only undoes some things. Not all, and it
doesn't tell you what it undoes. I screwed my repo pretty badly
with this once, now I pretend it doesn't exist.
- Get rid of "unbundle" and make "pull" work from a bundle.
- Streamline "old-http": there's no fundamental reason why this
should suck, with partial http GETs (the format is append-only).
This is what currently prevents hosting mercurial repos on
SourceForge, for example.
- Then get rid of "old-http" and simply have the "http:" method
After 1.0, I'd love to see the following
- Proper support for merge across rename.
- I'd love to see hg become a universal client, so I don't *have*
to deal with git or svn. "git+http://" and "svn+http://" methods
which hid the differences would be wonderful. And people who suggest
obviously haven't used it.
Of course, mercurial being in Python, raises a serious barrier to me
hacking on it. It's far more efficient for me to leave it to someone
who groks Python. Mind you, I don't have the antipathy for Python
that Keith Packard has...
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