obliterate functionality?

Mark A. Flacy mflacy at verizon.net
Wed Mar 19 20:00:41 CDT 2008

On 03/19/2008 12:18:11 AM, Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:18:09PM -0500, Mark A. Flacy wrote:
> > I think you should use a different version control system that  
> better
> > fits your needs.
> Do you really think statements like this advance a polite discussion?

Yes.  I think they do.

Suppose, for example, the original poster expressed a desire that  
Mercurial should work *exactly* in the same way that CVS does.  What  
possible reply is there to such a thing?

In this case, the original poster has expressed a desire for  
functionality that the maintainers are rather patiently informing him  
cannot be done in a DVCS.  If that is true, then his requests shall  
remain unfulfilled and all of us will better off if he seeks some other  
tool to fulfill his requirements.

Hg is a *tool* not a way of life.  You use the correct tool for the  
correct job.  If the tool you are considering to use doesn't do the  
job, you get a different tool that does.

> "America, love it or leave it!" was popular during the Vietnam War,
> but it wasn't a very effective debating point. It was what people said
> when they wanted to abuse their opponents. I'm not sure what
> connotations you had in mind for your statement, but it sure doesn't
> come across as being friendly or respectful.

This is me being disrespectful and unfriendly so you will be able to  
tell the next time:

Bite me.

Mark A. Flacy

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