Am 10/11/2012 17:51, schrieb Junio C Hamano:
> Johannes Sixt <> writes:
>> I saw EINVAL errors when 'git grep pattern rev' was run on Windows. The
>> reason is that the code attempted to access "rev:dir/.gitattributes" in
>> the worktree, which is an invalid path on Windows due to the colon. The
>> lack of this warning indicates that the attempts to access these files are
>> eliminated.
> It means that whenever we ask for attributes for a tracked file that
> is inside a directory whose name contains a colon, we would get the
> same error on Windows, no?  Perhaps Windows may not let you create
> such a directory in the first place, but you may still get a
> repository of a cross platform project that contains such a path.

Your assessment is correct.

> What I am wondering is if we should do something similar to 8e950da
> (attr: failure to open a .gitattributes file is OK with ENOTDIR,
> 2012-09-13), at least on Windows, for EINVAL.

It might be worth it. We already have a similar special case in
write_or_die.c:maybe_flush_or_die() for Windows, although it is not about
a colon in a path name.

Perhaps like this.

--- 8< ---
From: Johannes Sixt <>
Subject: [PATCH] attr: do not warn on path with colon on Windows

In the same spirit as commit 8e950dab (attr: failure to open a
.gitattributes file is OK with ENOTDIR), ignore EINVAL errors. On
Windows, a path that contains a colon that is not the one after the
drive letter is not allowed and is reported with errno set to

Signed-off-by: Johannes Sixt <>
 attr.c | 10 +++++++++-
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/attr.c b/attr.c
index 8010429..ac945ad 100644
--- a/attr.c
+++ b/attr.c
@@ -354,7 +354,15 @@ static struct attr_stack *read_attr_from_file(const char 
*path, int macro_ok)
        int lineno = 0;
        if (!fp) {
-               if (errno != ENOENT && errno != ENOTDIR)
+               /*
+                * If path does not exist, it is not worth mentioning,
+                * but I/O errors and permission errors are.
+                *
+                * On Windows, EINVAL is reported if path contains a colon
+                * that is not the driver letter separator. Such a path
+                * cannot exist in the file system and is also uninteresting.
+                */
+               if (errno != ENOENT && errno != ENOTDIR && errno != EINVAL)
                return NULL;
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