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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Matthew DeVore <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] terminology tweak: prune -> path limiting
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:36:07 +0900
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Matthew DeVore <> writes:

> In the codebase, "prune" is a highly overloaded term, and it caused me a
> lot of trouble to figure out what it meant when it was used in the
> context of path limiting. Stop using the word "prune" when we really
> mean "path limiting."

path limiting is also used for two purposes.  "pruning", which is to
cull the side branches that do not contribute the changes made to
the paths we are interested in, and showing only the changes to the
paths that match pathspec.

AFAIK, "prune" is also used to describe unreachable loose objects,
but that use is fairly isolated and have little risk of being
confusing too much.  Are there other uses to make you consider it
"highly overloaded"?

My gut feeling is that the result is not reducing "overloading" in a
meaningful way, and this change is not worth the churn, but it
depends on the answer to the above question.


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Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-12-06 21:33 Matthew DeVore
2018-12-09  1:36 ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2018-12-09  1:52   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-10 18:57   ` Matthew DeVore
2018-12-11  1:40     ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-11  5:16       ` MATTHEW DEVORE

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