Stefan Beller <> writes:

> On OSX `wc` prefixes the output of numbers with whitespace, such that
> the `commit_count` would be "SP <NUMBER>". When using that in
>     git submodule update --init --depth=$commit_count
> the depth would be empty and the number is interpreted as the pathspec.
> Fix this by not using `wc` and rather instruct rev-list to count.
> Another way to fix this is to remove the `=` sign after the `--depth`
> argument as then we are allowed to have more than just one whitespace
> between `--depth` and the actual number. Prefer the solution of rev-list
> counting as that is expected to be slightly faster and more self-sustained
> within Git.

You meant self-contained, I would guess.

There are a couple of "log --oneline | wc -l" remaining that are
currently safe but they may be a time-bomb waiting to go off.

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