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From: Linus Torvalds <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Subject: Re: git-checkout-index, flag ordering and --prefix kludgy handling
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 18:28:05 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Mon, 17 Oct 2005, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> The patch looks good.  Thanks.

Btw, I'd really like a "git checkout" that can do the per-file thing, 
instead of always using the equivalent of git-checkout-index with "-a".

It's actually one of the few places where I still use the raw git 
commands, doing things like

	git-checkout-index -u -f filename

and I suspect that a lot of people would prefer that

	git checkout filename

would just do that. Instead, we error out ("no such branch"). Which 
isn't even what I want, and almost certainly not what most CVS users want 
(they're used to checking out individual files).

Of course, in the generic case, that would require git-read-tree to take a 
list of filenames (which would act as a "mask" for any activity against 
the old index if one was loaded), but that's a pretty big thing. Even if 
it's admittedly also potentially very useful too..

But even just a total special case (giving a filename would force the 
checkout, no read-tree, no nothing, just force the old index contents) 
might be acceptable and would only require some script hackery.


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Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2005-10-16 19:14 Blaisorblade
2005-10-17 22:58 ` Junio C Hamano
2005-10-17 22:58 ` Linus Torvalds
2005-10-18  0:33   ` Junio C Hamano
2005-10-18  1:28     ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2005-10-18  2:27       ` Junio C Hamano
2005-10-18  2:48         ` Linus Torvalds
2005-10-18  5:49           ` Teach "git diff" to handle filenames startign with '-' Linus Torvalds
2005-10-18  5:57             ` Handle "-" at beginning of filenames, part 3 Linus Torvalds
2005-10-18  8:34         ` [PATCH] git-checkout: revert specific paths to either index or a given tree-ish Junio C Hamano

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