From: Derrick Stolee <email@example.com>
To: Jeff King <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Junio C Hamano <email@example.com>
Cc: Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Derrick Stolee <email@example.com>,
"brian m. carlson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] revision: --include-diversions adds helpful merges
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 16:22:21 -0400 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <email@example.com> (raw)
On 4/8/2020 4:05 PM, Jeff King wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 12:46:41PM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> Our features written with the intent to be useful for one purpose
>> often end up being used for purposes other than what the feature was
>> originally written for (the "--pickaxe" has always been a bitter
>> example of this for me).
>> For that reason, I am a bit hesitant to endorse "audit" exactly
>> because of the implication of "intent".
> Yeah, I agree with this.
>> I wonder if there is a simple-enough phrase to convey what the
>> latter half of above sentence says. "include" and "keep" are both
>> good verbs---normally we discard these merges, because they do not
>> contribute at the level of individual changes, but with the option,
>> we "include" or "keep" these merges in the output. It's not like
>> we keep _all_ the merges, but selected merges only. How do we
>> decide which merges to keep?
>> I guess your "--first-merges" came from such a line of thought, and
>> is the closest among the five to what I have in mind, but it drops
>> too many words and loses too much meaning.
>> "--keep-first-parent-merges", perhaps?
> FWIW, this name left me more confused, because "first-parent merges"
> isn't an already-defined term I knew. And it seems like all merges have
> a first parent. Having read the patch description, I guess it's "a merge
> which isn't TREESAME to its first-parent".
> I can't think of a more succinct way to name that, though. And possibly
> if we gave that definition in the documentation, that would be enough.
> The name doesn't have to be a complete description; it only has to make
> sense once you know what you're trying to do (and be memorable enough).
Then I suppose we should focus on naming merge commits with this property:
A merge commit that is not TREESAME to its first parent (but is TREESAME
to a later parent).
The part in parentheses may be optional, because a merge commit that is
not TREESAME to any parent will be included by every history mode.
In my latest attempt at documentation, I called these merges "diverters"
yet still used "--include-diversions". Here are a few other words that we
* diverters or diversions
* switches (think railroad switch). Synonym: exchange
The "switch" or "exchange" words are probably bad because they have
noun _and_ verb forms.
Or we could look again at the history results as a whole to find
inspiration for the command-line option:
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2020-04-08 20:22 UTC|newest]
Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top
2020-04-08 1:22 Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-08 1:30 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-08 1:39 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-08 15:28 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-08 19:46 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-08 20:05 ` Jeff King
2020-04-08 20:22 ` Derrick Stolee [this message]
2020-04-08 21:35 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-08 23:59 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-09 0:08 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-09 11:52 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-09 14:28 ` Philip Oakley
2020-04-09 15:56 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-09 17:20 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-09 18:24 ` Jeff King
2020-04-09 18:55 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-09 19:21 ` Jeff King
2020-04-08 2:13 ` brian m. carlson
2020-04-08 18:48 ` Jeff King
2020-04-09 0:01 ` [PATCH v2] " Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 12:19 ` [PATCH v3] revision: --show-pulls " Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 20:06 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-10 21:43 ` Derrick Stolee
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