[PATCH 3 of 3 RFC] import: add new --faithful flag to use metadata but relax checks

Pierre-Yves David pierre-yves.david at ens-lyon.org
Sun Mar 27 14:16:13 EDT 2016

On 03/11/2016 01:12 PM, Augie Fackler wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM, Pierre-Yves David
> <pierre-yves.david at ens-lyon.org> wrote:
>> On 03/11/2016 06:25 PM, Augie Fackler wrote:
>>> # HG changeset patch
>>> # User Augie Fackler <augie at google.com>
>>> # Date 1457539063 18000
>>> #      Wed Mar 09 10:57:43 2016 -0500
>>> # Node ID 7d53477e4496e8f2b16b12ed445407e79bbb787b
>>> # Parent  602504c64084d85820c883a43b02951a61e992f5
>>> # EXP-Topic import
>>> import: add new --faithful flag to use metadata but relax checks
>>> Sometimes it's helpful to import a patch with as much of the metadata
>>> (especially parents) intact as possible, but some bit of extra didn't
>>> make the trip through the exported patch. This gives users a tool to
>>> preserve as much metadata as possible without having to get an exact
>>> byte-for-byte match on the import process.
>> In my opinion, the key part here is to:
>> 1) bypass working copy
>> 2) use the parent informations

I'm not sure we should automatically turn the bypassing here. Having a 
flag that make sure a patch is applied on parent.

(On the same "perpendicular" but important topic, there is the question 
of updating on the result or not).

>> I would rather see a name related to parents that "faithful". I don't
>> "faithful" is very explicite and it mostly make sense in regards with
>> --exact.
> I'm not in love with the name "faithful", so I'd love constructive
> suggestions about what we could name the flag.

The important part here is the fact we read and use the parent 
information in the patch. So I think having "parent" in the name make sense:


I think --useparents is my favorite but I don't have a strong opinion.


Pierre-Yves David

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