Re: benefits of "/" in branch names other than the obvious?
- Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:50:40 -0800
- From: Stefan Beller <sbeller@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: benefits of "/" in branch names other than the obvious?
On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 9:36 PM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> another picky question ... are there any other benefits of
> supporting slashes in branch names other than the obvious ones i know
> 1) visually, let's you *imagine* a branch hierarchy, and
> 2) allows wildcarding on a full "component" basis
> are there any other benefits of the above? thank you kindly.
Currently refs are stored either in .git/packed_refs,
or the refs are taken as a literal filename (refs/heads/master
is found in .git/refs/heads/master).
When stored as literal files on disk there are interesting implications:
* File System speed when there are *lots* of refs
(a lot of files in one dir vs sharding or a tree like structure)
* Directory/conflicts in the data model:
What if you want to have a ref foo/bar as well as foo?
This is not possible as 'foo' must be either a directory
or a file. This spawns occasional issues such as