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RE: determine branch's ancestor?

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: determine branch's ancestor?
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 08:56:50 -0400

Tyler wrote:
> I have been negligent in my record-keeping and find that i 
> don't know from what branch i cut a new branch. That is, did 
> i cut feature branch FEATURE from the trunk, or from release 
> branch RELEASE?
> Most of the work on FEATURE touches new files or files that 
> haven't changed in months, so the branch tags RELEASE and 
> FEATURE both point to the same versions of the files (the 
> last HEAD revision), so i can't use that to help me determine 
> the ancestor.
> How else can i do this?
"A difference which makes no difference is no difference" (attributed
variously to philosopher Bertram Russell, philosopher William James, Ralph
Waldo Emerson, and Commander Spock).

Pick one, tag it as the base, and move on.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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