Re: Subversion-style incrementing revision numbers

From: Jakub Narebski <jnareb@gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-20 08:07:08
Joel Dice wrote:

> I'm considering adopting Git for a medium-sized project which is currently 
> managed using Subversion.  I've used Git for a few smaller projects 
> already, and the thing I've missed most from Subversion is the convenience 
> of incrementing revision numbers.  The following is a proposal to add this 
> feature to Git.
> 
> 
> Rationale:
> 
> Incrementing revision numbers (IRNs - an acronym I just made up) are 
> useful in that they can be treated as auto-generated tags which are easier 
> to remember and communicate than SHA hashes, yet do not require extra 
> effort to create like real tags.  Also, they have the advantage of being 
> chronologically ordered, so if I assert that a bug was fixed in revision 
> 42 of a shared repository, everyone may assume that revision 45 has that 
> fix as well.

That is true _only_ if you have linear history. If you have multiple
concurrent branches, revision 42 can be in branch 'next', revision '45' in
topic branch 'xx/topic' which forked before revision 42, and do not have
the fix.

Unfortunately, one cannot (as of now) use result of git-describe as
<commit-ish>. I'd rather have it fixed, than port idea from _centralized_
SCM do distributed SCM.

> Proposal:
> 
> As with Subversion, the IRN state in Git would be specific to a given 
> repository and have no significance beyond that repository.  Also like 
> Subversion, IRN state would be global across a repository, so that a 
> commit to any branch would increment the current IRN value.  Every Git 
> command taking a revision parameter would accept an IRN using a syntax 
> such as "r$IRN".  Every commit would report the IRN to the user as well as 
> the SHA ID.  The IRN feature could be enabled or disabled via a 
> configuration option.

This of course limits IRN much. Tags are valid across repositories.
I'm not sure if many repositories are managed using shared repositories
(centralized approach).

-- 
Jakub Narebski
Warsaw, Poland
ShadeHawk on #git


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