1a22bd3 (Merge branch 'jg/status-config', 2013-06-23) introduced a
serious regression in --porcelain by introducing the configuration
variables status.short and status.branch.  Contrary to its description,
the output of

  $ git status --porcelain

now depends on the configuration variables status.short and
status.branch.  As a result, callers that expect parsable output to be
returned are broken.  For instance, in a repository with submodules with
status.branch and status.short set,

  $ git status

always reports all submodules as containing modified content, even if
they are clean.

One solution to the problem is to turn off s->show_branch in
wt_porcelain_print() just like we turn off other s->* variables, but
that would break callers of --porcelain --branch (in fact, there is such
a caller in t/t7508-status.sh).  Besides, we never said that --porcelain
cannot be combined with other options.  The larger problem is that the
config parser and command-line option parser set the same variables,
making it impossible to determine who set them.

The correct solution is therefore to skip the config parser completely
when --porcelain is given.  Unfortunately, to determine that --porcelain
is given, we have to run the command-line option parser.  Running the
command-line option parser before the config parser is undesirable, as
configuration variables would override options on the command-line.  As
a fair compromise, check that argv[1] is equal to the string
"--porcelain" and skip the config parser in this case.  It is a
compromise, because we expect --porcelain to be specified as the first
argument to status.

On a related note, the command-line parser is not very robust.

  $ git status --short --long
  $ git status --long --long
  $ git status --porcelain --long
  $ git status --long --porcelain
  $ git status --porcelain --short
  $ git status --short --porcelain

all return different outputs.  This bug is left as an exercise for
future contributors to fix.

Signed-off-by: Ramkumar Ramachandra <artag...@gmail.com>
 builtin/commit.c | 7 ++++++-
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/builtin/commit.c b/builtin/commit.c
index b589ce0..896f002 100644
--- a/builtin/commit.c
+++ b/builtin/commit.c
@@ -1193,7 +1193,12 @@ int cmd_status(int argc, const char **argv, const char 
-       git_config(git_status_config, &s);
+       if (argc > 1 && !strcmp(argv[1], "--porcelain"))
+               ; /* Do not read user configuration */
+       else
+               git_config(git_status_config, &s);
        argc = parse_options(argc, argv, prefix,

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