Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:

> Matthieu Moy <matthieu....@grenoble-inp.fr> writes:
>> "git add -u" is one of the only exceptions (with "git grep"). I consider
>> this as a bug, and think this should be changed. This has been discussed
>> several times here, but no one took the time to actually do the change
> Did we ever agree that it is a good change to begin with?  Pointers?

I think you can guess but I no longer need pointers.  Others may
still be helped, though.

The argument IIRC boils down to

 - "git add -u" was made a whole-tree operation when there weren't
   the ":/" magic pathspec, but "add -u" is very often something you
   want to do whole tree, and "(cd ../../..; git add -u)" or "git
   add -u ../../.." are too cumbersome to type.

 - "git add -u ." to limit it to the current directory is easy to

 - As we have the "from the root" magic pathspec these days,
   requiring "git add -u :/" when the user really means to add
   everything is no longer too much of a burden, but if we suddenly
   changed "git add -u" to mean "git add -u .", that is too much of
   a change in the semantics.

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