I'd like to see the develop history of the parent as well. I'd envision seeing the entire develop history of the parent plus the new "Create Virtual Copy" step.
This is particularly valuable in cases where you switch the copy to the master, then delete the old master. This triggers a needless loss of develop history.
There is a workaround, but it's annoying to have to do it:
1. Open the History Panel in Develop
2. Select the "Import" step at the bottom of the History panel
3. Create a virtual copy
4. Navigate back to the master and select the final step at the top of the History panel
5. Copy the settings from the master
("Copy Settings" on the "Select" menu, or Ctrl+Shift+C)
6. Navigate back to the Virtual Copy and paste the settings
("Paste Settings" on the "Select" menu, or Ctrl+Shift+V)
How about this scenario, I develop an image, but I want to try something else with it. I want to save a copy with history and call it "1st attempt". Then I want to reset the original and re-develop it another way.
The best I can find so far is to click on the Import entry in history of the original, create a virtual copy, then reposition the history to the latest entry on the original. Then develop the virtual copy. That way I keep my original history in case I decide that was the way to go.
However, if I decide to keep the copy and delete the master, now the copy history starts with Create Virtual Copy and not Import.