Interesting approach. And I am seeing the same "bug" as you are.
I had a quick look at the docs <http://git-scm.com/docs/git-config> but
couldn't find any mention of special handling of ~, or why it doesn't work
with that absolute path..
I did notice that if you configure it with
git config core.worktree ~
.. it is expanded to the full /Users/tfnico path inside .git/config.
I also noticed that if I append a dot to the work-tree path when it's full,
git --work-tree=/Users/tfnico. ls-files
By the way, not sure why you first initialize the repo as bare, and then
manually re-edit it to be non-bare.. Are you following some recipe we
should know about?
I'm on git version 126.96.36.199. You can see what version of git you have in use
by running git --version
In any case, I have my doubts on this is actually being bug, and not by
design. I just can't find the docs right now to explain it.
If you still want to report it as a bug, the place to go is the git
developer mailing list: http://vger.kernel.org/vger-lists.html#git
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