David Kastrup <d...@gnu.org> writes:

> Stephen Leake <stephen_le...@stephe-leake.org> writes:
>> I like commands that "do the right thing". So no, this would not be
>> confusing.
> I _hate_ commands that think they know better than to do what they are
> told.  In particular when doing destructive things.  And just because
> _you_ like them does not mean they are not confusing.

Ok, I should have said "not confusing for me".

People differ.

> In the long run, it is much more confusing if you come to rely on some
> commands doing "the right thing" while in other cases, the actually
> written thing is done.

There should always be the option of telling git exactly what to do. In
my emacs front end, the command that "does the right thing" is _called_
"do-the-right-thing". All of the other commands do exactly as told.

In this case, it is only "git reset" that would do the right thing,
since you did _not_ tell it specifically what to do.

Relying on a default is always problematic, in my experience; I much
prefer "no default" to "a default that people voted on 10 years ago, and
now we are stuck with it".

> "do the right thing" commands also tend to do the wrong thing
> occasionally with potentially disastrous results when they are used in
> scripts where the followup actions rely on the actual result.

That is bad, and should not be allowed. On the other hand, I have yet to
see an actual use case of bad behavior in this discussion.

-- Stephe
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