On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> I am not sure if we should care that deeply about them in the first
> place.

Fine by me; I don't really have a strong opinion on the matter.

> Besides, I think you can make a hardlink to a file that you cannot
> read.

Not always.  The Linux kernel can at least be configured not to allow
it.  It seems this is enabled by default in at least Debian.

This restriction had me a bit confused when I was testing variations
here; I expected all "access denied" failures to be because of .keep
files, but in fact creating hardlinks to other files (.idx and .pack)
failed too, even though they were readable.  This caused "git clone
--local" to fail, while "git clone" succeeded after falling back to
copying instead of linking.
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