P4D3::Support ability to AddRemove an empty directory

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JD Fagan created an issue

I can't seem to be able to add a directory from MacHG to repo. The Add/Remove button is grayed out when I have a non-versioned folder selected. Its an empty directory at this point. I read up on Mercurial's lack of ability to handle adding of an empty directory - http://mercurial.selenic.com/bts/issue521 (a bad limitation IMO - particularly for non-coder based repos where no build system necessarily exists - or if one simply wants to slowly build up a directory structure initially as a design to share with team and work on flushing out hierarchy design before settling what that final structure is for where things go, etc.).

Anyways, the workaround (http://code.google.com/p/markemptydirs/) seems to be to create a dummy file just so one can add in an otherwise empty directory. Would be great if MacHG did this for us behind the scenes - perhaps a ".emptyDir" file will auto-create at time one tries to add an empty directory so as to satisfy Mercurial's lack of ability to add empty directory. And then when second file added to this directory, it would be smart enough to delete the .emptyDir file. I know its a hack, but unless underlying Mercurial is changed, this is not a pleasant GUI experience for end users at the moment IMO.

Comments (3)

  1. Jason Harris repo owner

    Hi JD!

    I understand this request. I am just not sure how to handle it since I try not to "fight" against Mercurial as much as possible. Do others think this is important as well?

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