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Re: versioning file system

On Sat, 27 Oct 2018 at 08:23, David Christensen
<dpchrist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi, I've noticed that you give a lot of good advice on this list. Now, I hope
to return the favour :) ...

> When I'm working on a file, I can do ten edit/ saves, or more.  With a
> versioning file system, the original file plus all the saves would be on
> disk.  This makes it easy to pick through them using standard tools.

git is a "standard tool" these days.

> But if the original file and all but the last save are in a version
> control system (VCS), I would need tools that can reach inside the VCS.
> Searching the manual pages of cat(1), grep(1), diff(1), and make(1) for


> 'CVS' just now, I found zero hits.  This means I'd need to check them


> out.  Now I'm back to what a versioning file system gives me automatically.
> Furthermore, auto-commit on every save would put a lot of cruft into the
> VCS, to be stored, backed up, and archived repeatedly and indefinitely.
> If I try to remove the VCS auto-commits by hand, eventually I will
> damage or destroy the VCS repository (e.g. Murphy's Law).  Removing VCS
> auto-commits mechanically would require developing and validating a
> suitable work flow and tools, adding cost and limiting flexibility.


Seriously, learn git. git's own documentation does not make that easy, but
if you search more widely for information and persist, it will be extremely
rewarding in the long run.