On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:53 PM, Konstantin Khomoutov <
flatw...@users.sourceforge.net> wrote:

> I honestly do not want to appear as wishing to be smarter than those
> smart guys who wrote Git, but I'm yet to see a developer around me who
> really thinks of Git (or any other [D]VCS for that matter) in terms of
> tracking content.  We shove files to our VCSes, we `git add` or
> `git rm` them, and after we cloned, we see a filesystem tree populated
> with files.  So while it may be 150% correct to have this
> "content-based" mental picture in mind, it's equally hard to deny
> that popular VCSes, Git included, do track files assembled in
> hierarchies.

I know what you're saying, and I see the files I'm adding as files in a
hierarchical filesystem structure, but when I'm dealing with Git and I have
to ask myself any question to do with the files or the contents of files,
I'm obliged to remember that Git tracks content, not the file hierarchy! I
can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly do think of it in terms of
tracking content, in the right context.

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