Martin von Zweigbergk <martinv...@gmail.com> writes:
> I keep forgetting what "git diff A..B" does.
"diff" is always about two endpoints, not the path that connects
these two endpoints (aka "range"), and when you want to "diff"
between two commits, you say "diff A B". "A..B" happens to be
accepted as such only by accident (e.g. the old command line parser
did not have a reliable way to tell "^A B" and "A..B" apart), not by
side note: incidentally, now we have rev_cmdline_info support,
we could start deprecating "diff A..B" syntax.
The special case "git checkout master...branch" is not about
specifying a range. The command knows it wants a single point (not
two endpoints, nor a range), and A...B as a notation to specify a
single point is $(merge-base A B).
> I would have much preferred if
> it was possible to make the revision parser generally interpret e.g.
> "A.^.B" as "the merge base of A and B" (failing if not exactly one).
Actually, in many places where the command line parser knows it
wants a single point, and never a range, we should be able to apply
the "A...B as a notation to specify a single point" rule.
Of course you could come up with a symbol other than "..." for that
purpose, and migrate the current "git checkout A...B" special case
to use that other symbol, but that would be more work and also you
would need to retrain existing users.
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