> From: "Philip Oakley" <philipoak...@iee.org>
> Wild thoughts / just guessing :
> Any sub-modules in your repo?
> Could be an accidental circular reference (within the various 
> .gitmodules files)

No, I'm definitely not using submodules.

> Could be a symlink somewhere creating a circular ref.

Unfortunately, it was set off by a cron job, and I have cron jobs
doing Git archiving of large parts of my file system, and there are
certainly circular symlinks hidden in various places.

What I'm really wondering is What can cause "git status" to start a
subprocess?  I would expect for efficiency's sake, only very rare
circumstances would cause that.  And knowing that, it would probably
make it easier to guess what the underlying cause is.


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