Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes: > Thomas Ackermann <th.ac...@arcor.de> writes: > >> Signed-off-by: Thomas Ackermann <th.ac...@arcor.de> >> --- >> Documentation/glossary-content.txt | 3 +++ >> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+) >> >> diff --git a/Documentation/glossary-content.txt >> b/Documentation/glossary-content.txt >> index 7c15bc0..ddf2f66 100644 >> --- a/Documentation/glossary-content.txt >> +++ b/Documentation/glossary-content.txt >> @@ -149,6 +149,9 @@ to point at the new commit. >> [[def_git_archive]]Git archive:: >> Synonym for <<def_repository,repository>> (for arch people). >> >> +[[def_gitfile]]gitfile:: >> + A `.git` file which points to a `$GIT_DIR` (used for Git submodules). >> + > > It is more like 'used by' ;-) People are free to write their > Porcelain system that uses this mechanism.
The series merged at e2e2def (Merge branch 'lh/git-file', 2008-05-05) added a mention of this to repository-layout and the readers can see how it is interpreted by Git, but I doubt that anything explains why you may want to use it in the documentation. How about saying something like this here in the glossary: A plain file `.git` at the root of a working tree that points at the directory that is the real repository. And then as a separate patch, in gitrepository-layout.txt (eek---see the other thread), we can do something like this: Documentation/gitrepository-layout.txt | 24 ++++++++++++++++++------ 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-) diff --git a/Documentation/gitrepository-layout.txt b/Documentation/gitrepository-layout.txt index 9f62886..473c6a0 100644 --- a/Documentation/gitrepository-layout.txt +++ b/Documentation/gitrepository-layout.txt @@ -12,12 +12,24 @@ $GIT_DIR/* DESCRIPTION ----------- -You may find these things in your git repository (`.git` -directory for a repository associated with your working tree, or -`<project>.git` directory for a public 'bare' repository. It is -also possible to have a working tree where `.git` is a plain -ASCII file containing `gitdir: <path>`, i.e. the path to the -real git repository). +A Git repository comes in two different flavours: + + * a `.git` directory at the root of the working tree; + + * a `<project>.git` directory that is a 'bare' repository + (i.e. without its own working tree), that is typically used for + exchanging histories with others by pushing into it and fetching + from it. + +*Note*: Also you can have a plain text file `.git` at the root of +your working tree, containing `gitdir: <path>` to point at the real +directory that has the repository. This mechanism is often used for +a working tree of a submodule checkout, to allow you in the +containing superproject to `git checkout` a branch that does not +have the submodule. The `checkout` has to remove the entire +submodule working tree, without losing the submodule repository. + +These things may exist in a Git repository. objects:: Object store associated with this repository. Usually -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html