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02 March 2010, 09:50

Darcs 2.4 released

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The free, open source code management system, Darcs, has been updated to version 2.4 with experimental interactive hunk editing, faster record and revert operations and a plan to improve performance. Darcs (a recursive acronym for Darcs Advanced Revision Control System) is a distributed revision control systems written in Haskell that implements a Theory of Patches originally developed by Dave Roundy, to manage branches and changes..

New features in 2.4 include fast index based diffing used throughout and interactive patch splitting. These index changes provide some performance improvements, but the developers admit that "Darcs in its current form does not perform very well on huge repositories". To address this, the developers are creating a systemic plan to first catch performance regressions by starting a Darcs benchmarking project. Full details of the changes in the GPL2 licensed Darcs are available in the release announcement.


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