On Mon, 23 May 2016 17:33:49 -0700
Michael <keybou...@gmail.com> wrote:

> >> The Index is also commonly called the *staging area* when viewed
> >> from an outward facing perspective (i.e. what do users do), with
> >> index being more commonly used for an inward facing perspective
> >> (e.g. for code development). 
> > 
> > Thanks; I've added "staging area" to my guide.
> > 
> >> There is currently a truce about which is the 'right name'! 
> > 
> > And there's a third contender:  "the cache".
> > 
> > Of course we can't agree on the terminology to use!
> Clearly, we need a 4th term that encompasses all of them, and is the
> universal standard :-)

IIUC, since some time Git promotes the "staging area" to be best
accessible to mere mortals.  The term "cache" is the oldest and it's
clearly an implementation detail [1].

1. https://git.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/GitHistory

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