Re: [dev] [suckless] Migration to git

From: Raphael Proust <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:18:57 +0000

On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM, Barbu Paul - Gheorghe
<> wrote:
> On 11/27/2012 02:50 PM, Strake wrote:
> Hello,
>> Darcs has no history edition, as it essentially keeps no history,
>> which is a win in my book. The main difficulty seems to be the
>> corner-case exponential-time merge algorithm.
> I'm not familiar with that VCS, but how can it store no history since that,
> I think, is the core of any (D)VCS, to have a history of changes, a
> versioning, that's its purpose, isn't it?

It stores a graph of the dependencies between patches.

When you commit, you just record a patch and the system figures out
the syntactic dependencies of your patch wrt the patches that already
are in the repo.

When you pull, you just download a set of patches and their dependency
relation. The two sets (downloaded and local) and the two relations
(same) are merged.

You can accept or refuse individual patches. When you refuse a patch,
all the patches that (transitively) depend on it are automatically

> I'm not an expert, I'm really curious about this.

There is a nice explanation of how it works on

Raphaƫl Proust
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