obliterate functionality?

Masklinn masklinn at masklinn.net
Thu Mar 20 06:26:37 CDT 2008

On 20 Mar 2008, at 02:54 , cowwoc wrote:
> Dirkjan Ochtman wrote:
>> Have you seen Linus' talk on Distributed Version Control Systems?  
>> While he
>> is
>> not always nice about it, he has some interesting things to say on  
>> why it
>> is
>> good if all repository mirrors are created equal.
> Let's be clear here: repository mirrors are repository clients are two
> different things. For one thing, mirrors to be equal to one another in
> permission whereas clients tend to have less control. One would expect
> mirrors with read/write access to fall under the guise of the same  
> trusted
> organization, or else how do you prevent someone from checking in  
> random
> junk into the FreeBSD repository using one of the mirrors? Point  
> being, if
> all mirrors are equal, then they should respect each other's  
> obliterate
> commands.
> -- 

There are no "repository clients" in Mercurial. Or in Git, or in  
Bazaar-NG, or in Darcs, for that matter. Any clone of an existing  
repository is a mirror, and as all mirrors are equal, all clones of an  
initial "root" repository are equal to one another and to the "root".

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