Stefan Beller <> writes:

> On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 11:27 AM, Junio C Hamano <> wrote:
>> 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.
> Yes. Mind to fix that locally, or waiting for a resend?

Fixed it up while queuing.

>> 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.
> ...
> All of the occurrences are not white space sensitive AFAICT,
> they are just bad examples, which may inspire others to follow
> that pattern.

Yup, I agree(d).

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