- It may be easier for newbies
- It may provide powerful functionality that would be inconvenient with the command-line interface
- a patch dependency visualiser
- an iTunes-like interface to patches (click on the ‘author’ column, and you see the patches sorted by author, for example)
- click on a patch and you get some subtle feedback on all the patches it depends on (for example, they change colour)
- maybe some kind of help resolving conflicts? (no clear ideas)
- A file browser that highlights files not added to the repository, files that have unrecorded changes, etc.
- Diff visualisation
- MacOS X - integration with FileMerge?
- a generic diff visualiser, which would allow to pick-and-choose lines of code into a third file, a la Visual Source Safe and the open-source kdiff3.
- There should be two ways to use the darcs gui. One is to have a seperate gui for each command, so that you can run something like
darcs whatsnew -gui. The other is to have a standalone gui.
- The standalone gui could take a patch-oriented view towards repositories, rather than a task oriented one. That is, rather than decide you want to record some patches and then select the patches (for instance), you select a bunch of patches and decide you want to record them. (This is inspired from one of the patchworks’ screenshots)
- Ability to edit named patches by moving primitive patches back and forth between them (from Shae’s request for a patch browser)
- Instead of starting a GUI from scratch, add a darcs support to an existing GUI, for instance http://rabbitvcs.org/ or http://qct.sourceforge.net/
Three students of the BTU Cottbus worked on a darcs GUI application based on the Grapefruit FRP library. They were supervised by Wolfgang Jeltsch. See http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Patchwork for more details. The project is no longer maintained but the source code is still available (waiting to be cabalized, for a start).
wxDarcs is a defunct GUI project for Darcs that used to be part of the Darcs code. We had to remove it because we could no longer maintain it.
- http://tortoisedarcs.sourceforge.net (Windows) - Windows GUI for Darcs.
- EclipseDarcs (last version: 4.1, March 2008). See also http://cohatoe.blogspot.com/search/label/eclipsedarcs and http://web.archive.org/web/20071012050446/eclipsedarcs.org/doku.php?id=eclipsedarcs