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Re: vc-dir default directory: repository root?

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: Re: vc-dir default directory: repository root?
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:17:05 +0200
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On 01/19/2015 05:47 PM, Dan Nicolaescu wrote:

CVS does not work on the root level.
Even in SVN, it's ok and desirable to just look at a subdirectory.

Isn't that an implementation detail, as far as the current discussion is concerned? Git can also show only the status of files in a subdirectory, if you ask it.

vc-dir has used the current directory since the beginning, I haven't
seen any request to change it until now, it doesn't seem like changing
the default behavior after so many years when there were no requests to
do it is a good idea just because someone sent a patch to change it.

You've missed http://debbugs.gnu.org/12492, then. This patch also constitutes one request, obviously.

And you shouldn't forget that VC is not the most popular VCS package among advanced Emacs users, Magit is. We're playing catch-up.

vc-hg displays the "Root" in the vc-dir header.  The intention with that
was to make it a button that would display vc-dir on the top level
All backends (especially vc-git) should implement that Root header and
implement a button for it...

That's an awkward proposal. To have to open vc-dir, then move my hand to the mouse, or point to the button, then push it...

Root is a good default, so vc-dir buffer for it should be easier to create than for a subdirectory.

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