Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:
> Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <pclo...@gmail.com> writes:
>> How would that work with existing versions? If you write -2 in
>> cache-tree, the next time 1.8.0 updates cache tree it writes -1 back.
>> That loses whatever information you attach to -2. A new cache-tree
>> extension is probably better.
> You can easily imagine a definition like this:
As we clarified that we do not allow implementations to write
anything but -1 for invalidated entries until we decide what we will
use other values for, the whole log message needs to be updated, I
-- >8 --
From: Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <pclo...@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:14:47 +0700
Subject: [PATCH] index-format.txt: clarify what is "invalid"
A cache-tree entry with a negative entry count is considered "invalid"
in the current Git; it records that we do not know the object name
of a tree that would result by writing the directory covered by the
cache-tree as a tree object.
Clarify that any entry with a negative entry count is invalid, but
the implementations must write -1 there. This way, we can later
decide to allow writers to use negative values other than -1 to
encode optional information without harming interoperability; we do
not know what is encoded how, so keep these other negative values as
reserved for now.
Signed-off-by: Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <pclo...@gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com>
Documentation/technical/index-format.txt | 5 +++--
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/Documentation/technical/index-format.txt
index 9d25b30..ce28a7a 100644
@@ -161,8 +161,9 @@ GIT index format
this span of index as a tree.
An entry can be in an invalidated state and is represented by having
- -1 in the entry_count field. In this case, there is no object name
- and the next entry starts immediately after the newline.
+ a negative number in the entry_count field. In this case, there is no
+ object name and the next entry starts immediately after the newline.
+ When writing an invalid entry, -1 should always be used as entry_count.
The entries are written out in the top-down, depth-first order. The
first entry represents the root level of the repository, followed by the
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