Hi Andreas,

as a user, and owner of a repository I do care about the objects that are in it.
I do not care about the way they are names, be it numbers or sha's, but for
sure about their existence.
So, for me it is important if a command creates a new commit or not.

> The commit is _always_ created, with a name depending on the parent,
> message, author and date.

I do not understand this: I have produced several examples that show that
it is not created, i.e. that the very same objects are present in the repository
after the command execution as they were before it.
It is possible, though, that you use the word "create"  with a
different meaning.
Most dictionaries state: "to cause to come into existence", i.e. before creation
the thing does not exist, and after creation it does.

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