On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM, Jonathan Nieder <jrnie...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Drew Northup wrote:
>>                             This is unobtrusive yet to the point.
> I agree with the spirit.
> [...]
>> --- a/Documentation/gitweb.conf.txt
>> +++ b/Documentation/gitweb.conf.txt
>> @@ -55,7 +55,8 @@ following order:
>>     then fallback system-wide configuration file (defaults to
>> '/etc/gitweb.conf').
>>  Values obtained in later configuration files override values obtained 
>> earlier
>> -in the above sequence.
>> +in the above sequence. This is different from many system-wide software
>> +installations and will stay this way for historical reasons.
> That makes it sound like the "per instance overrides common overrides
> built-in" cascading is what is unusual and what we need to apologize
> for.

I don't think were apologizing for anything. It is helpful to say "we
do some things differently here and don't plan on changing for a very
important reason.

> How about something like the following?  (It uses a BUGS section to
> make the warning easy to notice for people tracking down confusing
> behavior by searching for "gitweb.conf".)
> diff --git i/Documentation/gitweb.conf.txt w/Documentation/gitweb.conf.txt
> index eb63631..ea0526e 100644
> --- i/Documentation/gitweb.conf.txt
> +++ w/Documentation/gitweb.conf.txt
> @@ -857,6 +857,13 @@ adding the following lines to your gitweb configuration 
> file:
>         $known_snapshot_formats{'zip'}{'disabled'} = 1;
>         $known_snapshot_formats{'tgz'}{'compressor'} = ['gzip','-6'];
> +----
> +Debugging would be easier if the fallback configuration file
> +(`/etc/gitweb.conf`) and environment variable to override its location
> +('GITWEB_CONFIG_SYSTEM') had names reflecting their "fallback" role.
> +The current names are kept to avoid breaking working setups.
> +
>  -----------
>  The location of per-instance and system-wide configuration files can be

I don't disagree with this, as some would consider the naming to be a
bug, but after having been given a good schooling on the git list a
while back as to why it is the way it is I'm hesitant to label "has
history" as a bug.

-Drew Northup
"As opposed to vegetable or mineral error?"
-John Pescatore, SANS NewsBites Vol. 12 Num. 59
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