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Re: [PATCH] technical doc: add a design doc for the evolve command

Stefan Xenos wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 1:43 AM Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
> <avarab@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> I think it sounds better to just make it, in the header:
>>     x-evolve-pt content
>>     x-evolve-pt obsolete
>>     x-evolve-pt origin
>> Where "pt = parent-type", we could of course spell that out too, but in
>> this case it's "x-evolve-pt" is the exact same number of bytes as
>> "parent-type", so nobody can object that it takes more space:)
>> We'd then carry some documentation where we say everything except "x-*-"
>> is reserved, and that we'd like to know about new "*" there before it's
>> used, so it can be documented.
>                                                      that should
> probably be the subject of a separate proposal (who owns the content
> of a namespace, what is the process for adding a new namespace or a
> new attribute within a namespace, what order should the header
> attributes appear in, what problem is namespacing there to solve, when
> do we use a namespaced attribute versus a "reserved" attribute, etc.).

Agreed.  There are reasons that I prefer not to go in this direction,
but regardless, it would be the subject of a separate thread if you want
to pursue it.

>> Putting it in the commit message just sounds like a hack around not
>> having namespaced headers. If we'd like to keep this then tools would
>> need to parse both (potentially unpacking a lot of the commit message
>> object, it can be quite big in some cases...).

On the contrary: putting it in the commit message is a way to
experiment with the workflow without changing the object format at

I don't think we should underestimate the value of that ability.

I don't understand what you're referring to by parsing both.  Are you
saying that if the experiment proves successful, we wouldn't be able
to migrate completely to a new format?  That sounds worrying to me ---
I want the ability to experiment and to act on what we learn from an
experiment, including when it touches on formats.