[Python-Dev] Looking for VCS usage scenarios

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 00:24:15 CET 2008

2008/11/5 Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com>:
> Paul Moore wrote:
>> While that would be good, my understanding is that stacked branches in
>> Bazaar only work (for history operations) while you're online. So they
>> make Bazaar work a little like a centralised VCS, I guess. Not sure
>> how that's a step forward :-)
> You only need full history in order to ask "how did this code get to
> this state" type questions. That's something a core dev will
> occasionally want to know (which is why we would take to the time to
> setup a full checkout no matter how long it takes), but utterly
> irrelevant to a casual committer such as the one in your "write and
> submit a quick patch" scenario.

Agreed. But I'm very hazy on how Bazaar stacked branches work in
practice. If I create a nice fast stacked branch on my PC, then go
offline, precisely what operations can I no longer do? And will the
ones that can't work fully, work "for the first bit" (by which I mean
something like bzr log | less, exiting before I page through the lot -
that's my normal history search process, because my poor brain is too
slow to remember the flags to limit the history :-))?

Anyway, this is probably getting too much into details to be useful.

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