On ma, 2016-09-12 at 23:22 -0400, Jeff King wrote:

> The motivation for this series is to fix the regression in v2.9 where
> core.logallrefupdates is sometimes not set properly in a newly
> initialized repository, as described in this thread:
>   http://public-inbox.org/git/c46d36ef-3c2e-374f-0f2e-ffe31104e...@gmx.de/T/#u
> The root of the problem is that we are overly eager to read and use
> config from ".git/config", even when we have not established that it is
> part of a repository. This is especially bad for git-init, which would
> not want to read anything until we've created the new repo.
> So the two interesting parts of the fix are:
>   1. We stop blindly reading ".git/config" when we don't know there's an
>      actual git directory. This is in patch 14, and is actually enough
>      to fix the v2.9 regression.
>   2. We are more thorough about dropping any cached config values when
>      we move into the new repository in git-init (patch 16).
>      I didn't dig into when this was broken, but it was probably when we
>      switched git_config() to use cached values in the v2.2.0
>      time-frame.
> Doing (1) required fixing up some builtins that depended on the blind
> .git/config thing, as the tests demonstrated. But I think this is a sign
> that we are moving in the right direction, because each one of those
> programs could easily be demonstrated to be broken in scenarios only
> slightly more exotic than the test scripts (e.g., see patch 3 for one of
> the simplest cases).
> So I think notwithstanding their use as prep for patch 14, patches 1-13
> fix useful bugs.
> I won't be surprised if there are other fallouts that were not caught by
> the test suite (i.e., programs that expect to read config, don't do
> RUN_SETUP, but aren't covered well by tests). I poked around the list of
> builtins in git.c that do not use RUN_SETUP, and they seem to correctly
> end up in setup_git_directory_gently() before reading config. But it's
> possible I missed a case.
> So this is definitely a bit larger than I'd hope for a regression-fix to
> maint. But anything that doesn't address this issue at the config layer
> is going to end up as a bit of a hack, and I'd rather not pile up hacks
> if we can avoid it.

Agreed with all of the above, this is much better than just fixing the
symptom on the mailinglist thread that started this.

> I've cc'd Dennis, who helped investigate solutions in the thread
> mentioned above, and Duy, because historically he has been the one most
> willing and able to battle the dragon of our setup code. :)
>   [01/16]: t1007: factor out repeated setup
>   [02/16]: hash-object: always try to set up the git repository
>   [03/16]: patch-id: use RUN_SETUP_GENTLY
>   [04/16]: diff: skip implicit no-index check when given --no-index
>   [05/16]: diff: handle --no-index prefixes consistently
>   [06/16]: diff: always try to set up the repository
>   [07/16]: pager: remove obsolete comment
>   [08/16]: pager: stop loading git_default_config()
>   [09/16]: pager: make pager_program a file-local static
>   [10/16]: pager: use callbacks instead of configset
>   [11/16]: pager: handle early config
>   [12/16]: t1302: use "git -C"
>   [13/16]: test-config: setup git directory
>   [14/16]: config: only read .git/config from configured repos
>   [15/16]: init: expand comments explaining config trickery
>   [16/16]: init: reset cached config when entering new repo

Couldn't find anything to comment on, and I've tested that this does
indeed fix the symptoms we saw.

Reviewed-by: Dennis Kaarsemaker <den...@kaarsemaker.net>

Dennis Kaarsemaker

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