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Re: [Arx-users] init-tree failure in arx2

From: Kevin Smith
Subject: Re: [Arx-users] init-tree failure in arx2
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2004 11:47:56 -0400
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Walter Landry wrote:
Kevin Smith <address@hidden> wrote:
It created a ,,log file, and an empty _arx directory. Again, it would be nice if such things weren't left behind if the operation is aborted.

Actually, after init-tree runs, that is exactly what is supposed to be
left behind.  init-tree creates the _arx control directory and the log

Oh. Re-reading the arx2 tutorial, I see that this is true. (in arx1 it would have created a ++ file, apparently) Having been burned earlier by orphaned ,, files, I just assumed this was another problem. It will take me a while to get used to arx adding this clutter.

From a process flow standpoint, I am not used to rcs's wanting me to create my log entry before I do the work. I am used to it being part of the commit command. Which it normally can be in arx, but not for init-tree.

I also have an irritant that gedit always creates a backup file (ending with ~) which I then have to manually delete.

Is there a option to prevent arx from creating log files, and just always require me to use -s when I commit?

$ arx history
Problems with a filesystem call
boost::filesystem::directory_iterator constructor

This is a bug.  There is no history, so it shouldn't print out
anything.  Once you commit, then "history" should work fine.

Indeed it does. Even a commit before adding any files works, although the resulting history is a bit dull and slightly confusing to a newbie:

$ arx history

Oh. I now see that init-tree automatically adds all my files. I didn't expect that. And I hadn't had a chance to set up my ignore flags to omit ~ backup files. The behavior isn't "wrong", but as a newbie, it is yet another surprise. Perhaps the init-tree command could print a summary of what it did, to give me a chance to fix it before I commit?

My background, by the way, is mostly CVS, but I also played with monotone for a few days, and used darcs for several months. I also suffered through VSS for years, PVCS for months, and used a couple ancient rcs systems on MS-DOS way back when.

I hope this usability feedback is helpful. I'm still optimistic about ArX becoming my primary rcs tool, so I'm not trying to bash it or anything. As a developer, I always want to know what users (and especially new users) really think.



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