Following my previous email "Tracking vendor release with Git" [1][2],
and the advice from Git users/developers, I'm trying to use .gitattributes
to handle CRLF/LF conversion.

While testing the behavor of Git regarding CRLF handling,
when core.safecrlf is set to true, I've found that "git diff" is returning "fatal: CRLF would be replaced by LF" without returning any kind of diff.

This make me wonder if its the correct behavor for git diff to (only) fail: It should be fatal for git add / git commit ( / git cherry-pick / ... ?),
but non fatal for git diff.

According to the documentation git-config(5) [3]:
"Git will verify if a command modifies a file in the work tree either directly or indirectly"
I don't thing "git diff" is an operation that could modify a file.


1. <1370970410-7935-1-git-send-email-ydrone...@opteya.com>
2. <http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/227466>
3. https://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-config.html

Yann Droneaud

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