Jonathan Nieder <> writes:

> If you are curious, at a quieter time it might be useful to ask for
> pointers to the discussions that led to the current design, and folks
> on the list might be glad to help.

Not on the current design but the discussion before that round that
influenced the outcome greatly was this:

where we discussed a separate "gitlink" type of object.

And obviously this discussion is also a must read:

I vaguely recall asking (or seeing somebody ask) why Linus ended up
with using "commit in index" without introducing a separate gitlink
type, but I didn't find it.  IIRC, the answer was "it turned out
that we didn't need it" or something like that, which I tend to
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