Hi David, thanks for the whole story. We understand why the empty directories handling was never completed, and how it could be, if one developer submited patches for that.
Regards, Olivier LE ROY ----- Mail original ----- De : David Kastrup <d...@gnu.org> À : Matthieu Moy <matthieu....@grenoble-inp.fr> Cc : Olivier LE ROY <olivier_le_...@yahoo.com>; "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> Envoyé le : Mardi 8 avril 2014 17h36 Objet : Re: Handling empty directories in Git Matthieu Moy <matthieu....@grenoble-inp.fr> writes: > The reason would be closer to "there is a valuable reason, but not > valuable enough to change Git to do it". It's actually not so easy to > track directories properly. Storing them in the Git repository is > actually possible (actually, an empty tree is a special case of this, > and is obviously supported), but defining and implementing a decent > behavior for each Git command wrt this is not trivial. > > David Kastrup gave it a try a few years ago. I don't remember exactly > what made him give up, but it was never completed and merged. Oh, most likely what afflicts most of my unfinished projects. I lost focus at some point of time. I don't remember any fundamentally unsolvable problems, but then I don't remember much at all. There were some annoyances with sorting order (either regarding the sorting of xxx/ or . or ./ or whatever) and some other stuff. If anybody wants to take a look at the direction of unfinished stuff, I can see whether there are some old backups with git repos in my possession. But I really have no idea how much of the design might have ended up in actual comments or code, and how much on some scraps of paper or half-committed memory, and how much of that might have been invalidated by other scraps of paper and half-committed memory. So there is not likely to be more than food for thought recoverable. I'm amused that you remember me being involved with that. I think I myself had forgotten all about it until recently. I don't even recollect what made me remember again: looking at some old repo/commit or searching in some old mailing list archive. -- David Kastrup -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html