Integrating extensions into core?

Dan Villiom Podlaski Christiansen danchr at
Mon Aug 10 08:40:33 CDT 2009

On 10/08/2009, at 13.27, Dirkjan Ochtman wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 13:09, Dan Villiom Podlaski
> Christiansen<danchr at> wrote:
>> True, but it's a simple and useful command. If nothing else, it  
>> could be
>> integrated as ‘commit --interactive’. Isn't that how Git does it?
> We should start by adding the --interactive option when record is  
> enabled.

Good point :)

>> Another alternative would be to retain status quo by getting rid of  
>> another
>> command. For example, the ‘locate’ and ‘manifest’ commands are very  
>> close to
>> each other in semantics, and perhaps they could be merged into one?
> Making manifest an alias for locate sounds good to me (that would need
> porting the -v/--debug bits, to locate, though). hg tip seems rather
> superfluous, as well (and would be replaced by hg log -rtip which I
> would expect comes more naturally to people, anyway).

Alternatively, ‘tip’ could be retained, but hidden from the default  
listing. Isn't it a command primarily useful for people scripting  
Mercurial? Or perhaps some sort of command grouping is needed: then,  
some groups could be hidden by default…

>> For what it's worth, I'd consider ‘purge’ another candidate for  
>> integration.
>> Granted, adding any of these commands to the default install would  
>> clutter
>> the help output a bit. On the other hand, the current help is quite
>> cluttered; do you mean that cleanups and reorganisations should  
>> come before
>> adding any more commands?
> I wouldn't mind integrating purge, but I don't really use it that
> often, either. I don't think there should be hard and fast rule that
> we have to remove one command for each we add (I think we'd run into
> backwards compatibility concerns anyway), but I'd rather be
> conservative in adding stuff.

Sounds like a very reasonable approach to me :)


Dan Villiom Podlaski Christiansen
danchr at

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