Johan Herland <> writes:

>> There is only one right solution.  If a useful function is buried in
>> builtin/*.o as a historical accident (i.e. it started its life as a
>> helper for that particular command, and nobody else used it from
>> outside so far) and that makes it impossible to use the function
>> from outside builtin/*.o, refactor the function and its callers and
>> move it to libgit.a.
> Here goes...
> ...Johan

With these three patches, if you apply the following skeleton patch
(lifted from $gmane/226851 and adjusted minimally to the change
these patches introduce), we can see that the link breakage Felipe
observed in the message:

    Felipe Contreras <> writes in $gmane/226851:
    > What happens?
    > libgit.a(sequencer.o): In function `copy_notes':
    > /home/felipec/dev/git/sequencer.c:110: undefined reference to
    > `init_copy_notes_for_rewrite'
    > /home/felipec/dev/git/sequencer.c:114: undefined reference to
    > `finish_copy_notes_for_rewrite'

is gone.

    > It is not the first time, nor the last that top-level code needs
    > builtin code, and the solution is easy; organize the code.

And as I already said, the above is correct.  The problem and the
general approach to solve it correctly were identified in the

But what followed was a nonsense, which ended up wastign everybody's

> ... Alas, this
> simple solution reject on the basis that we shouldn't organize the
> code, because the code is not meant to be organized.

The proposed patch was rejected on the basis that it was organized
the code in a wrong way.  And your patch shows how it should be

Thanks for doing it right.

-- skeleton patch --

 sequencer.c | 14 ++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/sequencer.c b/sequencer.c
index ab6f8a7..4281466 100644
--- a/sequencer.c
+++ b/sequencer.c
@@ -14,6 +14,7 @@
 #include "merge-recursive.h"
 #include "refs.h"
 #include "argv-array.h"
+#include "notes-utils.h"
@@ -979,6 +980,17 @@ static void save_opts(struct replay_opts *opts)
+static void copy_notes(const char *name, const char *msg)
+       struct notes_rewrite_cfg *cfg;
+       cfg = init_copy_notes_for_rewrite(name);
+       if (!cfg)
+               return;
+       finish_copy_notes_for_rewrite(cfg, msg);
 static int pick_commits(struct commit_list *todo_list, struct replay_opts 
        struct commit_list *cur;
@@ -997,6 +1009,8 @@ static int pick_commits(struct commit_list *todo_list, 
struct replay_opts *opts)
                        return res;
+       copy_notes("cherry-pick", "notes copied by cherry-pick");
         * Sequence of picks finished successfully; cleanup by
         * removing the .git/sequencer directory

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