On Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 1:48 AM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <pclo...@gmail.com> writes:
>> +Unlike `.gitignore`, negative patterns are not supported.
>> +Patterns that match directories are also not supported.
> Is "are not supported" the right phrasing?
> I think it makes perfect sense not to forbid "!path attr1", because
> it is unclear what it means (e.g. "path -attr1" vs "path !attr1").
> So I would say "Negative patterns are forbidden as they do not make
> any sense".


> But for the latter, I think it makes a lot more sense to just accept
> "path/ attr1" and doing nothing.  The user requests to set an
> attribute to "path" that has to be a directory, and there is nothing
> wrong in such a request in itself.  But nothing in git asks for
> attributes for directories (because we do not track directories),
> and such a request happens to be a no-op.

Or the user might think "path/ attr1" sets attr1 for all files under
"path/" because it does not make sense to attach attributes to a
directory in git.
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