Things I just don't like about Git

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  • libgit2

    A cross-platform, linkable library implementation of Git that you can use in your application.

  • jj

    A Git-compatible VCS that is both simple and powerful

  • Git made the only choice a popular VCS can make. History rewrites will exist, period. If you're opposed to history rewrites, then git gives you the tools to ensure the repos you control are not rewritten, and that's all it can do in a world where people have control of their own computers.

    If Fossil ever becomes as popular as git, people will create software that allows history rewriting in Fossil, and that's fine. People will do what they want on their own computer, and I think it's morally wrong to try and stop that.

    Another user in this thread linked to jj [0], an alternative git client that does some pretty weird things. For example, it replaces the working tree with a working commit and commits quite often. I like git and that seems weird to me, but I'm not offended, people can do what they want on their own computer and I have the tools to ensure repos under my control are not effected. That's all I can hope for.

    [0]: https://github.com/martinvonz/jj

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  • pre-commit

    A framework for managing and maintaining multi-language pre-commit hooks.

  • Ah, fair enough!

    On my team we use pre-commit[0] a lot. I guess I would define the history to be something like "has this commit ever been run through our pre-commit hooks?". If you rewrite history, you'll (usually) produce commits that have not been through pre-commit (and they've therefore dodged a lot of static checks that might catch code that wasn't working, at that point in time). That gives some manner of objectivity to the "history", although it does depend on each user having their pre-commit hooks activated in their local workspace.

    [0]: https://pre-commit.com/

  • enkit

    Toolkit for lean builds and team management.

  • It will happen, but if you want to see the bash, warts and all, here you go.

    https://github.com/enfabrica/enkit/blob/master/scripts/gee

    One of the big issues you'll find is that some off the defaults are very specific to my company. I'll fix that in the rewrite.

  • git-fs

    A filesystem interface to git repositories (by g2p)

  • It's not impossible - https://github.com/g2p/git-fs did this a long while back and https://github.com/presslabs/gitfs did something similar too.

  • gitfs

    Version controlled file system

  • It's not impossible - https://github.com/g2p/git-fs did this a long while back and https://github.com/presslabs/gitfs did something similar too.

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