From: Pavel Kretov <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [idea] File history tracking hints Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:11:31 +0300 Message-ID: <CAOZF3=Ouvk8ccME+fXr_T=GL1j4Gx3Hgj3ao_-GQng-noeOubg@mail.gmail.com> (raw) Hi all, Excuse me if the topic I'm going to raise here has been already discussed on the mailing list, forums, or IRC, but I couldn't find anything related. The problem: Git, being "a stupid content tracker", doesn't try to keep an eye on operations which happens to individual files; things like file renames aren't recorded during commit, but heuristically detected later. Unfortunately, the heuristic can only deal with simple file renames with no substantial content changes; it's helpless when you: - rename file and change it's content significantly; - split single file into several files; - merge several files into another; - copy entire file from another commit, and do other things like these. However, if we're able to preserve this information, it's possible not only to do more accurate 'git blame', but also merge revisions with fewer conflicts. The proposal: The idea is to let user give hints about what was changed during the commit. For example, if user did a rename which wasn't automatically detected, he would append something like the following to his commit message: Tracking-hints: rename dev-vcs/git/git-1.0.ebuild -> dev-vcs/git/git-2.0.ebuild or (if full paths of affected files can be unambiguously omitted): Tracking-hints: rename git-1.0.ebuild -> git-2.0.ebuild There may be other hint types: Tracking-hint: recreate LICENSE.txt Tracking-hint: split main.c -> main.c cmdline.c Tracking-hint: merge linalg.py <- vector.py matrix.py or even something like this: Tracking-hint: copy json.py <- libs/json.py@4db88291251151d8c5c8e4f20430fa4def2cb2ed If file transformation cannot be described by a single tracking hint, it shall be possible to specify a sequence of hints at once: Tracking-hint: split Utils.java -> AppHelpers.java StringHelpers.java recreate Utils.java Note that in the above example the order of operations really matters, so both lines have to reside in one 'Tracking-hint' block. * * * How do you think, is this idea worth implementing? Any other thoughts on this? -- Pavel Kretov.
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