[OT] Question about Git branches

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 18:08:10 CEST 2014

On 2014-09-16 13:14, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> Chris Angelico wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at pacujo.net> wrote:
>>> "Frank Millman" <frank at chagford.com>:
>>>> You are encouraged to make liberal use of 'branches',
>>> Personally, I only use forks, IOW, "git clone". I encourage that
>>> practice. Then, there is little need for "git checkout". Instead, I just
>>> cd to a different directory.
>>> Branches and clones are highly analogous processwise; I would go so far
>>> as to say that they are redundant.
>> But rather than listening to, shall we say, *strange* advice like
>> this, Frank, you'll do well to pick up a reliable git tutorial, which
>> should explain branches, commits, the working tree, etc, etc, etc.
> Isn't this "strange advice" standard operating procedure in Mercurial? I'm
> not an expert on either hg or git, but if I've understood hg correctly, the
> way to begin an experimental branch is to use hg clone.

Yes, but this is due to different design decisions of git and Mercurial. git 
prioritized the multiple branches in a single clone use case; Mercurial 
prioritized re-cloning. It's natural to do this kind of branching in git, and 
more natural to re-clone in Mercurial.

Robert Kern

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  an underlying truth."
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