With darcs, it’s easy to push a limited number of patches, instead of everything in the branch. There are several ways to do this:
The default is interactively:
$ darcs push Tue Jan 1 22:33:33 EST 2008 Mark Stosberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> * RT#1234: new subsystem Shall I push this patch? (1/1) [ynWsfvpxdaqjk], or ? for help:
Even if you’ve never used darcs, before it’s easy to figure what to do. You might press “?” for help:
How to use push: y: push this patch n: don't push it w: wait and decide later, defaulting to no s: don't push the rest of the changes to this file f: push the rest of the changes to this file v: view this patch in full p: view this patch in full with pager x: view a summary of this patch d: push selected patches, skipping all the remaining patches a: push all the remaining patches q: cancel push j: skip to next patch k: back up to previous patch ?: show this help
I like to use “x” to review which files I’m about to push, or “p” to review the patch in a pager. I haven’t yet found that
git has this kind of review possibility built into the workflow. Also with darcs, it’s easy to push just one patch:
$ darcs push -p 'new subsystem'
It’s also very useful to push all the patches related to a specific ticket or project:
$ darcs push -p 'RT#1234'
In darcs we call that spontaneous branches because you get some benefits of a branch, without actually doing anything to create one.
The related user experience with
git push is worse in a couple significant ways. First, I don’t see a way to use
the human readable patch name. A separate step is required to review ‘git log’ to find the SHA1 hash, which must
be copy/pasted, because there’s no way you remember it like a human-friendly word or phrase like darcs allows.
Armed with that, you ready to start the four step process that git requires to push specific patches, by creating a new branch, ‘cherry-picking’ to it, doing the push, and then deleting the new branch
$ git checkout --track -b <tmp local branch> origin/<remote branch> $ git cherry-pick -x <sha1 refspec of commit from other (local or remote) branch> $ git push origin <tmp local branch> $ git branch -D <tmp local branch>
It’s because of a number of annoyances like this that I continue to use darcs whenever I can, and git when I have to.