Suffering from CVS mindset

TK Soh teekaysoh at
Sat Apr 10 21:25:51 CDT 2010

On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 11:45 PM, Harry Putnam <reader at> wrote:
> Masklinn <masklinn at> writes:
>>> The trial hg repo I'm working with covers a `projects' area where the
>>> structure is along the lines of a directory with shell script
>>> experiments, another with perl script experiments, backup
>>> experimentation.
>> That doesn't sound like it should be a single repository.
>> Repositories are cheap in mercurial, you should create one for each
>> of your experiments, setup a global ~/.hgignore for files you have
>> to ignore all the time and you're done.
> That sounds likes a way too much overhead. Dinking around with a dozen
> or so repos.  If that is how mercurial is intended to work.. I
> probably am trying to use the wrong tool.

Since you mentioned something about being CVS mindset, I wonder what
you would do with CVS to handle this. Maybe it will help others
understand precisely you are trying to achieve and steer you to right

> I had visions of working freely on whatever tests etc and every few
> days making some commits or otherwise cleaning up.  Doing that in a
> dozen different places sounds like a full time mercurial admin doing
> nothing else.
> These experimental areas are small, (aside from the perl directory)
> and contain only a few files and directories.
> Even the perl directory isn't all that big:
> 31M     /projects/reader/perl
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