Idiograms - what do they mean?

Please make an EASY to find\access description of any and all "Idiot Diagrams == IdioGrams" used in you application.  One of THE biggest pet peeves is using acronyms without defining them... using icons (and lots of them) without providing easy access to their meaning is no different.

Yellow square with ellipsis == Edited File?

Purple square with question mark == I have no idea....

Red square with dash == Deleted file???

Seriously a major issue in why I am considering switching to a different tool.

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If you understand Git/Mercurial and the various statuses a file can be in (which you should if you're using it), it is not hard to associate the icons with the possible states.

Here's the list for Git (taken from documentation for "git status"):

  • ' ' = unmodified

  • ? = untracked
  • M = modified

  • A = added

  • D = deleted

  • R = renamed

  • C = copied

  • U = updated but unmerged

I don't think SourceTree has special icons for the last two status, (and it doesn't show an icon for "unmodified"). Files can also be "conflicted" (git status shows two letters for conflicts/merges). Knowing that list, the icons seem pretty obvious to me:

git_status_summary.PNG

Also, the text for the status icons appears in a tooltip for the icons that are in the file list (but not the summary I depicted in my answer). Excuse the low quality screenshot:

image2016-4-29 10:54:44.png

I did not notice the tool tip. Good thing, the Icons are not intuitive. :|

Just curious, what icons do you feel would be intuitive for that set of statuses?

The yellow Icon is the same for the Modified and Clean status(es). By the way, how do you remove from the unstaged files all the files with Clean status?

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