Yes, they are called deployment tools, which Git is not. One of the  is
git-deploy[1], but there are more out there.

Also, I sense a design problem in your application if this is the case,
although it's hard to tell from this much information.

Best,
Gergely

[1] https://github.com/mislav/git-deploy
On 28 Aug 2015 03:20, "Enzo Chi" <enzo.chi...@gmail.com> wrote:

> People make mistakes and if author change the permission and forget to
> change it back, that can't be corrected by software (GIT). Git never knows
> which file SHOULD be executable unless the author said so. The same as read
> only.
>
> My argument is: (keep read-only)
>     1. No harm
>     2. Do benefit some people
>     3. There's no technique issue to implement it.
>
> Off the topic, I use Emacs and there's extra key strokes to force write a
> read-only file without change file permission. So 99.99999% I will not make
> that mistake.
>
>
> Now come back to my case:
>
> I need a global configuration file for a software. If it is modified by
> written some project specific information, when I run it in another
> project, simulation may fail and it may cost me a lot time to realize some
> crazy guy change it in another project.
>
>
> So, If git can't track it, is there any solution (Linux platform) to make
> sure selected files in repo are read-only after GIT operations (pull,
> merge, clone .etc) automatically?
>
> Thanks.
>
>
>
> On Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:53:55 AM UTC+10, charlesmanning wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Enzo Chi <enzo....@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I think git track executable permission, right?
>>>
>>> If so, files in git is "read only" and "not deployment too", why it
>>> track "x" permission?
>>>
>>
>> x permissions alter the functionality of the file.
>>
>> For example, if you have a build system that needs scripts to build and
>> those scripts need to be x, then the x better be stored or the scripts are
>> useless.
>>
>>
>>>
>>> Keep "read only" permission is useful in some scenario. And most
>>> important thing is there's on harm to keep it (I am not a software
>>> developer, correct me if I am wrong)?
>>>
>>
>> That does not achieve anything from a safety perspective. If you
>> lose/alter a file then you just checkout the version in HEAD again.
>>
>> Getting r/w permissions right would be hell anyway.
>>
>> Consider this:
>>
>> Start with a readonly file.
>>
>> Now I need to change it, so I make is locally writable and change it.
>> Then I do a commit and push it again. Oops! I forgot to make it read only
>> again before I pushed it, so now it is writable in the repo too.
>>
>> Better to just dodge this hangover by not having r/w.
>>
>>
>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6:55:55 AM UTC+10, Philip Oakley wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I have post an question at
>>>> http://superuser.com/questions/962861/how-to-use-git-to-commit-read-only-file
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I just want to know why GIT doesn't track read/write permission?
>>>>
>>>> What I want is just GIT keep what every I checked in? ( I am OK with
>>>> the executable permission control)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> It's sort of a philosophical issue. If you are placing a file into a
>>>> repository, it is by definition "read only". You can never 'write' the same
>>>> revision, but with a different content - it would be a contradiction. Hence
>>>> the r/w flags are ignored.
>>>>
>>>> It's important to remember that as concieved, Git is not a deployment
>>>> tool, so it didn't need r/w permissions, and as open source DVCS,
>>>> everything checked out would be local so the user would have full control,
>>>> so read-only couldn't be relied on anyway, and we hope the user will
>>>> contribute a change/improvement so 'write' it is!
>>>>
>>>> Likewise it doesn't store timestamps (of the files) either..
>>>>
>>>> There is a Linus 'rant' somewhere on the issue..
>>>>
>>>> Philip
>>>>
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