|| ||Linus Torvalds <torvalds-AT-linux-foundation.org>|
|| ||David Woodhouse <dwmw2-AT-infradead.org>|
|| ||Re: [kernel.org users] [RFD] On deprecating "git-foo" for builtins|
|| ||Tue, 26 Aug 2008 10:03:25 -0700 (PDT)|
|| ||=?ISO-8859-15?Q?Kristian_H=F8gsberg?= <krh-AT-redhat.com>,
Jeff King <peff-AT-peff.net>, git-AT-vger.kernel.org,
Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin-AT-gmx.de>,
Junio C Hamano <gitster-AT-pobox.com>, users-AT-kernel.org|
On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, David Woodhouse wrote:
> Nice emotive response, especially the subtle but unsubstantiated 'silent
> majority in favour' bit -- but you forgot the part where you were
> supposed to actually point out a tangible benefit which is achieved by
> breaking compatibility like this.
Umm. The 'git-xyzzy' thing has been one of the #1 complaints since pretty
much day#1. The number of people complaining about it going away has
literally been _much_ smaller than the people who complained about it
Also, like it or not, it's done. So the argument about "compatibility" is
TOTAL AND UTTER BULLSHIT. There is no compatibility, because we already
released a major version without them.
So live with it, and just add the
as a "compatibility layer" to your own setup already. There is no
downside, and I think there _is_ a big upside, and no, it's not just about
"/usr/bin" being smaller.
In case you wonder, the upside is:
- new people don't even learn the mistakes
- the people who _did_ complain are happier
- this model allows a per-user-preference model even on the same machine
(ie even on something like master.kernel.org, everybody can choose
_individually_ whether they want to see 'git-xyzzy' or not!)
and there really is zero downside apart from the _trivial_ downside of you
just having to add a single PATH thing to your .bashrc or something.
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