Question about Source Control

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Tue Mar 18 14:45:18 CET 2014

On Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:08:17 +1100, Chris Angelico wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at>
> wrote:
>> I don't think that *version* control is the right model to describe
>> what hg and git do, although it may be appropriate for subversion. hg
>> doesn't manage *versions*, it manages changes to source code
>> ("changesets").
> Meh... Is there any real difference? 

If you believe Joel Spolsky, there is:

Scroll down about half way, to the section titled "One more big 
conceptual difference".

Recording *snapshots* versus recording *diffs* makes a considerable 
difference when it comes to dealing with merge conflicts.


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