On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM, Jonathan Nieder <jrnie...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Is there no way to convince PowerShell to treat the output of a
> command as binary data with no particular encoding?

The best I could find out is to pipe the output to set-content:

git show HEAD:targetfile | set-content targetfile

The default console output redirection pipes the output to Out-File
which encodes the resulting file by default with little endian unicode
encoding, but it can be overridden by providing an argument:

git show HEAD:targetfile | Out-File -encoding utf8 targetfile

Also if I provide 'default' encoding to Out-File it produces the exact
same result as set-content command:

git show HEAD:targetfile | Out-File -encoding default targetfile

The API docs state that "Default" uses the encoding of the system's
current ANSI code page. So I guess it is system dependent, it could be
the case for set-content also, but at the very least set-content is
shorter to write.

On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:
>> But if your result is _also_ something worth saving, what would you
>> do?  "git add" to update the index will trash the work that was in
>> the index, and that is by definition unrelated to what you worked on
>> in the working tree (you wanted to start from the version in the
>> HEAD, not from the version in the index, so the end result is likely
>> to lack the work you saved in the index).
>> As Thomas said, I think a more reasonable workflow would begin by
>> saving the "somewhat worth saving" state you have in your index as a
>> WIP commit, i.e.
>>       git commit -m wip
>> When I experiment starting from a clean slate (after saving away
>> such a WIP commit), I would then do this:
>>         git checkout HEAD^

Actually this is not the case as I tried to explain with the 'git
commit' followed by 'git checkout HEAD~1 -- targetfile' followed by
'git commit --amend' example. The index and the working dir states are
very well related. Lets imagine that I am adding an MVC feature X - it
could be implemented with 3 or more files. If I stage the files and
came up with an idea that requires a major rewrite of one of these
files - lets say the controller one - then it is more convenient to
checkout the file's HEAD state and build on top of it - I had been
doing just that right before staging - building the previous
implementation so this is so familiar and still recent in time. If the
new controller implementation is less acceptable than the old one I
just commit, otherwise I stage the new implementation and just commit.
So simple, so common workflow.

One more argument against the suggestion of doing a commit ahead of
time is that I like to think in separation to reduce complexity - in
particular I like to think only for the working dir and index states,
commits - I treat them as finished work. If I have to amend a commit,
it is about fixing a mistake - adding/removing a wrong file, fixing a
typo, that sort of things and not for actual work to be done.
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