Question about Source Control

Frank Millman frank at
Fri Mar 21 06:40:42 CET 2014

"Cameron Simpson" <cs at> wrote in message 
news:20140321013313.GA58343 at
> Someone intending to clone the project and develop will probably
> want the whole repository; as Gregory says - they can then easily
> push/pull with others.
> For Frank, the size of the repo is not the size of the bare code *
> number of changesets. There are many diff-level steps in there,
> making for a much smaller size. And code is small; really really
> small.

Ok, I think I've got it.

To make the software available to anyone who just wants to run a stable 
version, copy the working directory of the 'major release' repository to a 
directory of its own, without the .hg stuff, and make it available for 

For everyone else, just make the full repository available, and don't worry 
about the size.

'Everyone else' would include those wishing to collaborate on the project, 
and those who just wish to keep up to date with the latest updates.

Actually my concern was not the 'size' of the full repository, but the 
prospect of wading through thousands of changesets most of which are ancient 
history. However, I assume that the experienced user will adopt habits such 
as 'hg log tip:-10' to review the last 10 changesets, so it should not be a 

Thanks, all


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