On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM, David Aguilar <dav...@gmail.com> wrote:

> *cough* git-cola *cough*
> it runs everywhere.  Yes, windows too. It's written in python.
> It's been actively maintained since 2007.
> It's "modern" and has features that don't exist anywhere else.
> It even has tests.  It even comes with a building full of willing
> guinea-pigs^Wtesters that let me know right away when
> anything goes wrong.
> It uses Qt but that's really the whole point of Qt -> cross-platform.
> (not sure how that wiki page ended up saying Gnome/GTK?)
> The DAG aka git-dag (in its master branch, about to be released)
> is nicer looking then gitk IMO.  gitk still has some features
> that are better too--there's no silver bullet, but the delta
> is pretty small.

Gitk does a lot of things that people don't realise, since they're not
really documented and you have to scrounge around on the UI.  The
thing is, it's just about the most awesome tool for code archeology I
have seen.

I realise (from looking at the doc page) that git-cola helps you do
all sorts of things, but those are all things I am happier doing at
the command line.

Gitk does precisely those things which *require* a GUI, where the
amount of information presented overwhelms a text interface.  The
display is concisely designed to give you the maximum information at a
minimum space use.  For example, a little black square when a commit
has a note attached.  Even hovering over the arrow-heads, on complex
trees where the line gets broken, does something meaningful.

if I had to pin it down, the feature I use most often is "Show origin
of this line".  Other features I use often are
  - review a commit file by file (f and b keys, also spacebar and 'd')
  - search by SHA1 (4 digits appear to be enough, regardless of how
big your repo is),
  - search for commits changing path/dir (while still showing all the
commits; i.e., this is not 'git-dag -- README.txt' but within gitk you
search up and down for commits touching README.txt
  - and navigating the commit tree looking for stuff

http://sitaramc.github.com/1-basic-usage/gitk.html is my attempt to
document some of the stuff I have found and use.

One final point: the DAG on the right wastes enormous amounts of
space.  Purely subjectively, it is almost jarring on the senses.  (If
you reduce it, it becomes unreadable).

With all due respect, git-cola/dag isn't anywhere near what gitk does,
at least for people who are not afraid of the command line and only
need the GUI to visualise a truly complex tree.
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