Thursday, August 07, 2008
A primitive form of fine-grained revision control
Work continues on “Project: Leaflet” and when I last left off, I mentioned that
git is nearly perfect
for handling the fine-grained revision
I'm here to report—it is.
The ability to make changes to one version of “Project: Leaflet” (say,
the MySQL version) and
then selectively merge changes into the other version (in this case, the PostgreSQL version)
isn't that bad with
I currently have three respositories for “Project: Leaflet”—the “master” repository with two branches, one for the MySQL version, and one for the PostgreSQL version; another one that's my working MySQL repository, and the third that's the working PostgreSQL version.
The workflow isn't that bad. I make changes on one of the work repositories, say, the MySQL version:
mysql-work> vi somefile.c # make changes, test, etc mysql-work> git commit -a # have working version, commit changes
Then, when done there, I go to the master repository:
master> git checkout mysql Switched to branch "mysql" master> git pull server-path-to-mysql-work [ bunch of output ] master> git log >/tmp/changes master> git checkout postgresql Switched to branch "postgresql"
I then view the changes made, and pick which commits I want to merge:
master> git cherry-pick f290b3e50e4cea1c3ee5e5265faa996943ef8542 # that large value is the ID of the commit # I pick the ones that apply [ bunch of output ] master> git cherry-pick 574756ffaa10cdc8452b33bf3d0ab8b786395080 [ bunch of output ]
Then go to the other work repository, and pull the now-merged changes:
postgresql-work> git pull server-path-to-master [ bunch of output ] postgresql-work> vi somefile.c # make any non-portable changes, postgresql-work> git commit -a # tests, etc,
And then back to the master to pull back the PostgreSQL changes and any
non-specific merges that may have come up. I could probably make it
git is also a revision control toolkit, but as of
yet, it's not yet annoying enough to warrant the work.