[PATCH] add support for marking changesets as dead

Augie Fackler durin42 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 09:12:58 CST 2011

On Feb 1, 2011, at 2:40 AM, Martin Geisler wrote:

> Martin Geisler <mg at aragost.com> writes:
>> # HG changeset patch
>> # User Henrik Stuart <hg at hstuart.dk>
>> # Date 1295774638 -3600
>> # Node ID 7bd977fdbca15da3c69ea7ef01df987b95475b11
>> # Parent  0d1dca7d2a041cb1cb6c6bd90608aa87068bde02
>> add support for marking changesets as dead
> I saw Benoit asked about the name yesterday evening on IRC, saying that
> it was overly negative and that Matt commented that it means all sorts
> of weird things in (US?) English.
> I've myself started to think of the feature as a feature to *abandon*
> branches. So I think of *abandoned heads* and their ancestors then form
> an *abandoned branch*. I quite like this: the word "abandon" implies
> that nothing has been deleted or removed, but merely left behind and so
> it fits the semantics quite well.

I prefer the idea of "dead" heads as it conveys something far different. Abandoned sort of implies it'll hang around, whereas dead means it's really dead. Plus, the reverse verb is better for dead: resurrect versus un-abandon.

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