The function is given a string that ends with a slash to signal that
the path is a directory to make sure that a pattern that ends with a
slash (i.e. MUSTBEDIR) can tell directories and non-directories
apart.  However, the pattern itself (pat->pattern and
pat->patternlen) that came from such a MUSTBEDIR pattern is
represented as a string that ends with a slash, but patternlen does
not count that trailing slash. A MUSTBEDIR pattern "element/" is
represented as a counted string <"element/", 7> and this must match
match pathname "element/".

Because match_basename() wants to see pathname "element" to match
against the pattern <"element/", 7>, reduce the length of the path
to exclude the trailing slash when calling match_basename().

A similar adjustment for match_pathname() might be needed, but I
didn't look into it.

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
 attr.c | 6 +++---
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/attr.c b/attr.c
index 4cfe0ee..00a0016 100644
--- a/attr.c
+++ b/attr.c
@@ -661,14 +661,14 @@ static int path_matches(const char *pathname, int pathlen,
        const char *pattern = pat->pattern;
        int prefix = pat->nowildcardlen;
+       int isdir = (pathlen && pathname[pathlen - 1] == '/');
-       if ((pat->flags & EXC_FLAG_MUSTBEDIR) &&
-           ((!pathlen) || (pathname[pathlen-1] != '/')))
+       if ((pat->flags & EXC_FLAG_MUSTBEDIR) && !isdir)
                return 0;
        if (pat->flags & EXC_FLAG_NODIR) {
                return match_basename(pathname + basename_offset,
-                                     pathlen - basename_offset,
+                                     pathlen - basename_offset - isdir,
                                      pattern, prefix,
                                      pat->patternlen, pat->flags);

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