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Re: Branches without a magic branch number

From: Jon Smirl
Subject: Re: Branches without a magic branch number
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 11:43:49 -0400

On 6/17/06, Rick Genter <address@hidden> wrote:
On a repository of that size, longevity and disparate user-set, it wouldn't
surprise me if someone, at some time in the past, simply deleted the tag
(tag -d). The revisions would still exist, of course, but there would be no
way to get to the tip of the branch. Presumably someone would have tagged
the tip of the branch before deleting the magic branch tag in case they
*did* want to get back to it, but then the only reasonable thing you could
do would be to form a new branch off of that tag.

It has happened 680 times by a lot of different people. Tools that
export the repository are detecting these unnamed branches. The
branches are being reconstructed by correlating the commit comments.

There are 1,800 branches in the repository, that would imply that 1/3
of them had the magic tag removed manually.

Jon Smirl

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