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From: Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de>
To: Derrick Stolee <stolee@gmail.com>
Cc: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>, Jeff Hostetler <git@jeffhostetler.com>,
	Ben Peart <peartben@gmail.com>,
	git@vger.kernel.org, gitster@pobox.com,
	Jeff Hostetler <jeffhost@microsoft.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/4] Add --no-ahead-behind to status
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 17:48:58 +0100 (STD)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <nycvar.QRO.7.76.6.1801091744540.37@ZVAVAG-6OXH6DA.rhebcr.pbec.zvpebfbsg.pbz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <c19f6469-190a-33e7-20a2-fcb17b8e45d9@gmail.com>

Hi Stolee,

On Tue, 9 Jan 2018, Derrick Stolee wrote:

> On 1/9/2018 8:15 AM, Johannes Schindelin wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, 9 Jan 2018, Jeff King wrote:
> >
> > > But I don't think you can approximate both ahead and behind together
> > > without finding the actual merge base.
> > >
> > > But even still, finding small answers quickly and accurately and
> > > punting to "really far, I didn't bother to compute it" on the big
> > > ones would be an improvement over always punting.
> >
> > Indeed. The longer I think about it, the more I like the "100+ commits
> > apart" idea.
> 
> Again, I strongly suggest we drop this approach because it will be more pain
> than it is worth.

So what you are saying is if there is a commit graph with *heavy* clock
skew, you might overestimate how many commits apart the tips are.

I say that this is striking the balance between correctness and usability
on the *wrong* side.

Sure, it might be wrong if your commit graph suffers heavily from clock
skew. In most cases, you still get a pretty darn useful hint where you're
at.

The alternative would be *not* to show any useful hint in most cases, i.e.
when you did not find all merge bases within <N> commits. I would really
hate it if Git spent so much time and did not even give me a hint. Totally
unsatisfying user experience.

Ciao,
Johannes

  parent reply	other threads:[~2018-01-09 16:49 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-01-08 15:48 Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-08 15:48 ` [PATCH v4 1/4] stat_tracking_info: return +1 when branches not equal Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-08 15:48 ` [PATCH v4 2/4] status: add --[no-]ahead-behind to status and commit for V2 format Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-08 15:48 ` [PATCH v4 3/4] status: update short status to respect --no-ahead-behind Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-08 15:48 ` [PATCH v4 4/4] status: support --no-ahead-behind in long format Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-08 19:49 ` [PATCH v4 0/4] Add --no-ahead-behind to status Ben Peart
2018-01-08 20:04   ` Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-09  7:20     ` Jeff King
2018-01-09 13:15       ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-01-09 14:29         ` Derrick Stolee
2018-01-09 14:56           ` Jeff Hostetler
2018-01-09 16:48           ` Johannes Schindelin [this message]
2018-01-10  7:47           ` Jeff King
2018-01-10 20:22             ` Junio C Hamano
2018-01-11  9:39               ` Jeff King
2018-01-10  7:41         ` Jeff King

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