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From: Felipe Contreras <>
To: Yuri <>, Johannes Sixt <>
Cc: Git Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [feature suggestion] Add 'git stash export', 'git stash import' commands to allow to backup stash externally
Date: Thu, 06 May 2021 03:40:11 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <6093ab6bd3ea8_24e620862@natae.notmuch> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Yuri wrote:
> On 5/5/21 11:43 PM, Johannes Sixt wrote:
> > I know. But, as I said, when you turn away from your current work, which
> > is precious, then you should make a commit, in particular, when you can
> > forsee that you might not be able to come back soon.
> How can I commit unfinished work?

Just like that: `git commit`.

That's what you are doing anyway, whether you realize or not.

> Commits are public, this would break things.

No. Commits are most definitely not public. Not unless you do
`git push`, and only if you push to a public repository.

I have countless commits on local branches that nobody would every see.
Many on a "tmp" branch.

I also have many private repositories, which contain passwords and other
sensitive information. Again... Only for my eyes.

> > For long-term storage, use branches.
> Branches are too heavy-weight.

No, each one is a single file consisting of 41 bytes.

A single stash takes about 200 bytes. Considerably more.


 * .git/refs/heads/master
 * .git/logs/refs/stash

> They need merging. Sometimes several stash items need to be used
> together, which makes it inconvenient.

You mean like one stash item goes on top of another?

Like... Commits on a branch?

I think this boils down to a confussion of concepts. Stash items are
commits. The only real conceptual difference is that you did not
specify the message (-m tmp would do that trick).

Again. Check yourself; the commit is there:

 * git cat-file -p stash@{0}
 * git cat-file -p master


Felipe Contreras

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-05-06  8:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-05 19:51 [feature suggestion] Add 'git stash export', 'git stash import' commands to allow to backup stash externally Yuri
2021-05-05 20:07 ` Randall S. Becker
2021-05-05 20:11   ` Yuri
2021-05-06  2:22   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-06  6:07 ` Johannes Sixt
2021-05-06  6:12   ` Yuri
2021-05-06  6:43     ` Johannes Sixt
2021-05-06  6:58       ` Yuri
2021-05-06  8:38         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-06  8:41           ` Yuri
2021-05-06  9:09             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-06 10:23             ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-06  8:40         ` Felipe Contreras [this message]
2021-05-06  8:45           ` Yuri
2021-05-06 10:45             ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-06 14:10             ` Theodore Ts'o

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