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From: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <avarab@gmail.com>
To: Duy Nguyen <pclouds@gmail.com>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>,
	Git Mailing List <git@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Introduce two new commands, switch-branch and restore-paths
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:00:57 +0100
Message-ID: <87o9abzv46.fsf@evledraar.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20181120174554.GA29910@duynguyen.home>


On Tue, Nov 20 2018, Duy Nguyen wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 04:19:53PM +0100, Duy Nguyen wrote:
>> I promise to come back with something better (at least it still
>> sounds better in my mind). If that idea does not work out, we can
>> come back and see if we can improve this.
>
> So this is it. The patch isn't pretty, mostly as a proof of
> concept. Just look at the three functions at the bottom of checkout.c,
> which is the main thing.
>
> This patch tries to split "git checkout" command in two new ones:
>
> - git switch-branch is all about switching branches

Isn't this going to also take the other ref arguments 'git checkout'
takes now? I.e. tags, detached HEADs etc? I'm reminded of the discussion
about what "range-diff" should be called :)

> - git restore-paths (maybe restore-file is better) for checking out
>   paths

If it takes globs/dirs then a plural is probably better.

> The main idea is these two commands will co-exist with the good old
> 'git checkout', which will NOT be deprecated. Old timers will still
> use "git checkout". But new people should be introduced to the new two
> instead. And the new ones are just as capable as "git checkout".
>
> Since the three commands will co-exist (with duplicate functionality),
> maintenance cost must be kept to minimum. The way I did this is simply
> split the command line options into three pieces: common,
> switch-branch and checkout-paths. "git checkout" has all three, the
> other two have common and another piece.
>
> With this, a new option added to git checkout will be automatically
> available in either switch-branch or checkout-paths. Bug fixes apply
> to all relevant commands.
>
> Later on, we could start to add a bit more stuff in, e.g. some form of
> disambiguation is no longer needed when running as switch-branch, or
> restore-paths.
>
> So, what do you think?

That "git checkout" does too many things is something that keeps coming
up in online discussions about Git's UI. Two things:

a) It would really help to have some comparison of cases where these
   split commands are much clearer or less ambiguous than
   git-checkout. I can think of some (e.g. branch with the same name as
   a file) but having some overall picture of what the new UI looks like
   with solved / not solved cases would be nice. Also a comparison with
   other SCMs people find less confusing (svn, hg, bzr, ...)

b) I think we really need to have some end-game where we'd actually
   switch away from "checkout" (which we could still auto-route to new
   commands in perpetuity, but print a warning or error). Otherwise
   we'll just end up with https://xkcd.com/927/ and more UI confusion
   for all.

  parent reply index

Thread overview: 110+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-10 13:35 [PATCH/RFC] checkout: print something when checking out paths Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-12  6:21 ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-12 16:27   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-12 20:15     ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-19 13:08     ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-19 15:19       ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-20  2:53         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-20 17:45         ` [RFC] Introduce two new commands, switch-branch and restore-paths Duy Nguyen
2018-11-25 22:20           ` Thomas Gummerer
2018-11-26  3:03             ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-26 15:37               ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-26 16:00           ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason [this message]
2018-11-26 16:08             ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-26 23:10             ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-27  0:34               ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-27 16:52           ` [PATCH/RFC v2 0/7] Introduce new commands switch-branch and checkout-files Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 1/7] parse-options: allow parse_options_concat(NULL, options) Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-27 19:43               ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-28 15:22                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-28  4:47               ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 2/7] checkout: make "opts" in cmd_checkout() a pointer Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 3/7] checkout: move 'confict_style' to checkout_opts Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-27 19:50               ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 4/7] checkout: move dwim_new_local_branch " Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-27 19:52               ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 5/7] checkout: split options[] array in three pieces Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29  6:29               ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 6/7] checkout: split into switch-branch and checkout-files Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-28  6:03               ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-28 15:30                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-28 19:08                   ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-28 19:18                     ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-29  5:55                     ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-28 23:22                   ` Stefan Xenos
2018-11-28 23:26                     ` Stefan Xenos
2018-11-28 23:37                       ` Stefan Xenos
2018-11-29  5:59                       ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-29 15:36                         ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-29 15:46                     ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-29 18:14                       ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-29 18:30                         ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-29 19:29                       ` Stefan Xenos
2018-11-27 16:52             ` [PATCH v2 7/7] Suggest other commands instead of "git checkout" Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-28  6:04               ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-28 15:33                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-29  6:05                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-28 20:01             ` [PATCH/RFC v2 0/7] Introduce new commands switch-branch and checkout-files Duy Nguyen
2018-11-28 20:09               ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-28 20:30                 ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-29 15:33                   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-12-03 21:42                     ` Stefan Beller
2018-11-30  1:47                 ` Junio C Hamano
     [not found]               ` <CAPL8Ziuj7Ffmdvz6NZWSJ+vzAtxFQhO1cfY2wmXm16J_8sY5fw@mail.gmail.com>
2018-11-28 22:53                 ` Stefan Xenos
2018-11-29  6:14                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-29 21:58             ` [PATCH/RFC v3 00/14] Introduce new commands switch-branch and restore-files Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 01/14] git-checkout.txt: fix one syntax line Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 02/14] git-checkout.txt: split detached head section out Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 03/14] checkout: factor out some code in parse_branchname_arg() Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 04/14] checkout: make "opts" in cmd_checkout() a pointer Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 05/14] checkout: move 'confict_style' and 'dwim_..' to checkout_opts Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 06/14] checkout: split options[] array in three pieces Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 07/14] checkout: split into switch-branch and restore-files Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-12-04  0:45                 ` Elijah Newren
2018-12-04  3:33                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-04 16:21                   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-12-04 17:43                     ` Elijah Newren
2018-12-04 18:17                       ` Duy Nguyen
2018-12-05  2:25                         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-05  4:45                           ` Elijah Newren
2018-12-05  6:56                             ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-05  2:14                     ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-05  4:22                       ` Elijah Newren
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 08/14] switch-branch: better names for -b and -B Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 09/14] switch-branch: stop accepting pathspec Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 10/14] switch-branch: reject "do nothing" case Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 11/14] switch-branch: only allow explicit detached HEAD Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2019-03-10 19:32                 ` Eckhard Maaß
2019-03-11 14:27                   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 12/14] restore-files: take tree-ish from --from option instead Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 13/14] restore-files: make pathspec mandatory Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 21:58               ` [PATCH v3 14/14] doc: promote "git switch-branch" and "git restore-files" Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-29 23:05               ` [PATCH/RFC v3 00/14] Introduce new commands switch-branch and restore-files Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-29 23:18                 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-29 23:37                 ` Dan Fabulich
2018-11-30  0:16                 ` Dan Fabulich
2018-11-30  6:49                   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-30  5:37                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-30  6:47                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-30 11:29                   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-30 12:10                     ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-30  2:16               ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-30  5:41                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-11-30  6:46                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-02 18:58                 ` Thomas Gummerer
2018-12-02 19:46                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-04  1:28               ` Elijah Newren
2018-12-04 16:27                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-12-04 17:45                   ` Elijah Newren
2018-12-04 18:22                     ` Duy Nguyen
2018-12-04 18:31                       ` Elijah Newren
2018-12-04 18:39                         ` Duy Nguyen
2018-12-04 21:18                   ` Eric Sunshine
2018-11-13 18:28 ` [PATCH v2] checkout: print something when checking out paths Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2018-11-14 10:12   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-14 15:31     ` Duy Nguyen
2019-01-28 21:58   ` Junio C Hamano
2019-01-29  1:26     ` Duy Nguyen
2019-02-06  2:51     ` [PATCH 0/2] nd/checkout-noisy updates Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2019-02-06  2:51       ` [PATCH 1/2] checkout: update count-checkouts messages Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy
2019-02-06  2:51       ` [PATCH 2/2] checkout: count and print -m paths separately Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy

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