Stefan Beller <> writes:

>> In any case, I find it more disturbing that we somehow ended up with
>> a system where these three things are expected to behave differently:
>>         A - path/to/dir
>>         B - path/to/dir/
>>         C - path/to/dir/.
>> Is that something we can fix?
> Well A, B are the same.
> C is "obviously" different, when it comes to counting slashes for relative
> path/url purposes, in the way that there are characters after the last slash
> and just by coincidence '.' refers to the directory itself, C behaving like
> 'path/to/dir/sub' seems right to me.

It doesn't look right to me at all.  If you were contrasting

        cd path/to/dir/sub && cd ..
        cd path/to/dir/bus && cd ..

then I would understand, but why should these two

        cd path/to/dir/. && cd ..
        cd path/to/dir/sub && cd ..

behave the same?

> So how do you imagine this fix going forward?
> * Breaking existing users with /. at the end? by treating it the same as A,B
> * Do some check based on time/version of Git and cover the old data?
> * Forbid /. at the end from now on?

Where at the end-user facing level does this trailing "/." surface
and how does the difference appear to them?  I think that is the
crucial question.

Unless there is some convincing argument why "." is not special
(i.e. counter-argument to the above "bus vs sub" and ". vs sub"
example), I would think "existing users with /." does not matter.
If they are "relying" on the behaviour, I would think it is not
because they find that behaviour intuitive, but only because they
learned to live with it.  IOW, treating all of A/B/C the same way
would appear to them a strict bugfix, I would think.

It is totally a different matter if OUR code that consumes the
output from the submodule-helper --resolve-relative" internally is
confused and relies on "../. relative to path/to/dir/. is the same
as ../. relative to path/to/dir/sub" for whatever reason.  Without
fixing that, I would not surprised if fixing things to treat A/B/C
the same way would surface differences in the end-user observable
behaviour in a negative way.

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