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Re: On the Utility of Update -A

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: On the Utility of Update -A
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 15:30:29 -0400 (EDT)

Rod Macpherson writes:
> This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

Please do not send MIME and/or HTML encrypted messages to the list.
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> What purpose does the update -A switch serve other than to switch you
> back to the HEAD of trunk after creating a branch?

It also reverts any local -k options back to the repository defaults.

> With the exception of
> that narrow use case it seems to be dangerous and confusing. It also
> seems to be redundant as there is a more general way of switching
> branches and merging changes from the top of a branch. Not suggesting
> that's all true but that's the impression I have and would appreciate
> some clarification. 

I don't see what's dangerous or confusing about it, it's a quick way to
throw away any local configuration and get back to a "normal" working
directory.  What's perhaps confusing or dangerous is people screwing
around with local configuration when they don't know what they're doing.

-Larry Jones

Mom would be a lot more fun if she was a little more gullible. -- Calvin

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