Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes: > Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes: > >> Excellent question, and I think this illustrates why the recent >> reroll that uses an approach to use base_reflog_action is not >> complete and needs further work (to put it mildly). >> ... >> That essentially boils down to the very original suggestion I made >> before Ram introduced the base_reflog_action. > > So how about doing something like this?
Having said all that, although I think the "something like this" patch is an improvement in that it spells out the rules regarding the use of GIT_REFLOG_ACTION environment variable, which was not documented so far, I think the environment variable is showing its flaws. It was a good mechanism in simpler times, back when "git commit", "git fetch" and "git merge" were its primary users. They didn't do many ref updates, and having a way to record that "this update was done by a 'merge' command initiated by the end user" was perfectly adequate. For a command like "rebase" that can do many ref updates, having to set a custom message and export the variable in each and every step is cumbersome, and keeping the same prefix across becomes even more so. The $orig_reflog_action used inside git-rebase--interactive is a reasonable local solution for the "keeping the same prefix" problem, but it is a _local_ solution that does not scale. In the end, it updates the GIT_REFLOG_ACTION variable, so the script has to be very careful to make sure the variable has a sensible value before calling any ref-updating "git" command. It will have to set it back to $orig_reflog_action if it ever wants to call another scripted Porcelain. Among the C infrastructure, commit, fetch, merge and reset are the only ones that pay attention to GIT_REFLOG_ACTION, and we will be adding checkout to the mix. If we originally did not make the mistake of using GIT_REFLOG_ACTION as a whole message, and instead used it to convey _only_ the prefix (i.e. "rebase", "am", etc.) to subprocesses in order to remember what the end-user initiated command was, and used a command line argument to give the actual messages, we would have been in much better shape. E.g. a "checkout" call inside "git rebase" may become git checkout \ --reflog-message="$GIT_REFLOG_ACTION: detaching" \ $onto^0 and nobody other than set_reflog_action shell function would be setting GIT_REFLOG_ACTION variable. Oh well. -- 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