On Fri, 3 Apr 2009, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Apr 2009, Felix Blyakher wrote:
> > Were there any problems pulling from the xfs repository?
> Sorry, no - just too much email, too many trees to look at, too many
> people to argue with.
Side note - I almost unpulled afterwards.
You've done several apparently totally useless pulls from my tree at
Daily "keep up-to-date with Linus' tree" pulls are _strongly_ discouraged
(read: if this continues, I'll just stop pulling from you), because it
makes the history totally unreadable after-the-fact. It has some direct
technical downsides (it makes it much harder to run "git bisect" and see
what is going on), but apart from those direct downsides it just makes it
much harder for me - or anybody else who wants to get an overview of what
happened - to visualize things when history is messy.
Instead of having a clear nice line of development that says "this is what
happened to XFS", those merges have basically mixed up all your changes
with all the random _other_ changes in the tree.
In other words, having those extra merges makes the graphical tools almost
useless for getting some kind of "what happened" overview.
I realize that an occasional back-merge may be required to resolve big
conflicts early, but they really have to be pretty big and immediate for
it to be a win.