Michael Haggerty <mhag...@alum.mit.edu> writes:
> On 10/03/2012 08:17 PM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> What is the semantics of ** in the first place? Is it described to
>> a reasonable level of detail in the documentation updates? For
>> example does "**foo" match "afoo", "a/b/foo", "a/bfoo", "a/foo/b",
>> "a/bfoo/c"? Does "x**y" match "xy", "xay", "xa/by", "x/a/y"?
>> I am guessing that the only sensible definition is that "**"
>> requires anything that comes before it (if exists) is at a proper
>> hierarchy boundary, and anything matches it is also at a proper
>> hierarchy boundary, so "x**y" matches "x/a/y" and not "xy", "xay",
>> nor "xa/by" in the above example. If "x**y" can match "xy" or "xay"
>> (or "**foo" can match "afoo"), it would be unreasonable to say it
>> implies the pattern is anchored at any level, no?
> Given that there is no obvious interpretation for what a construct like
> "x**y" would mean, and many plausible guesses (most of which sound
> rather useless), I suggest that we forbid it. This will make the
> feature easier to explain and make .gitignore files that use it easier
> to understand.
> I think that 98% of the usefulness of "**" would be in constructs where
> it replaces a proper part of the pathname, like "**/SOMETHING" or
I think it is a good way to go in the longer term, if we all agree
that "**" matching anything does not give us a useful semantics
Is it something we can easily get by simple patch into the wildmatch
code? I'd hate to see us parsing the input and validating it before
passing it to the library, as we will surely botch the quoting or
something while doing so.
When we require "x/**/y", I think we still want it to match "x/y".
Do people agree, or are there good reasons to require at least one
level between x and y for such a pattern? Assuming that we do want
to match "x/y" with "x/**/y", I suspect that "'**' matches anything
including a slash" would not give us that semantics. Is it something
we can easily fix in the wildmatch code?
*1* The message you are responding to was written in a somewhat
provocative way on purpose so that people who like the way rsync
matches "**" can vocally object. I would like to see arguments from
the both sides to see if it makes sense.
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