I'm more inclined to say everyone was right in their own way ;-)
My first part of the question was asking if the shell itself changed the
character, and that was 'No', the dot character is passed to the executable.
[this compares to say blob expansion where the shell does change the characters]
Then the second part was how did Git handle the dot, and if/where it was
I did find part of the documentation hidden in git config as a special case for
defining a remote, but the command line effect hadn't been noted. So I've
submitted a documentation patch for comment to the main list.
----- Original Message -----
From: Yawar Amin
Cc: Philip Oakley
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 2:43 AM
Subject: [git-users] Re: proper meaning of '.' dot in a git command?
On Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:42:03 PM UTC-4, Philip Oakley wrote:
Recently there have been a couple of example commands that have a single
dot '.' in the command line.
In this case what is its proper meaning, that is, is it expanded by the
bash shell, or by git it self, and what would its typical expanded
version look like if it is the current dicetory e.g. fully qualified
I'm afraid none of the replies here have been correct. When used with
fetch/push/pull, the dot means `this (the local) repository'.
As I understand it, if Git is decoding a parameter as if it is a remote then we
get that expansion. (bit not if we are creating/naming a remote as it's not
allowed in that direction)
On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM, Jonathan Nieder <jrni...@gmail.com>
> Another trick is to use "git push":
> git push . $production_sha1:refs/heads/master
This means push this repository's $production_sha1 to this (same)
repository's master. This is a shortcut way of saying
git checkout master
git merge --ff-only $production_sha1
git checkout $production_sha1
Where $production_sha1 can be any branch, tag, or commit ID. Notice the
`--ff-only', which forces $production_sha1 to be a descendant of master.
Remember that this is how push behaves by default.
'git fetch .'
This means fetch all refs from this repo into this repo as remote refs. As
you are probably thinking, this doesn't make much sense. So I think the git
devs are discussing adding an option here to clarify the use cases:
True. Though often an extended discussion...
in [PATCH 1/3] fetch: add --allow-local option,
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