On Tue, Jul 09, 2013 at 01:49:21PM +0200, Thomas Rast wrote:

> Rather, it's very strange that 'git config --file foo' tries to look at
> any config file other than 'foo'.  In a git repo:
>   $ strace git config --file fooconfig test.var 2>&1 | grep 'open.*config'
>   open("/home/thomas/.gitconfig", O_RDONLY) = 3
>   open(".git/config", O_RDONLY)           = 3
>   open("/home/thomas/.gitconfig", O_RDONLY) = 3
>   open(".git/config", O_RDONLY)           = 3
>   open("fooconfig", O_RDONLY)             = 3
> I haven't looked into the code yet.  Probably it's simply following the
> usual code paths to discover a repo and read its config.  However, with
> the --file option, it shouldn't.

I'm not so sure. It is (in theory) OK to read the usual config files to
find out _how_ git-config should behave, but then return results from a
specific file. The former should read the "normal" files, and the latter
should read whatever is specified by the options ("--file", a specific
level like "--global", or the usual set of files).

There are probably not many config options that can affect git-config's
behavior. The few I can think of are:

  1. core.editor should affect "git config --edit"

  2. pager.config would auto-start a pager. I am not sure if that is a
     sane thing to do or not.

  3. In theory you could have advice.* affect git-config, but I do not
     think any currently do.

  4. Currently git-config does not read objects, but there are patches
     proposed to do so. In that case, things like core.packedGitWindowSize
     might be important.

So I think you could probably drop the config parsing, special-case (1),
and ignore (2) as silly. But I think (3) and (4) show that it isn't the
right thing to do; you will never know which config options affect
git-config's behavior in the future.

The real issue here is not the "extra" normal config parsing; it is that
the normal parsing does not work in some cases. And that has already
been fixed by Jonathan's 4698c8f (config: allow inaccessible
configuration under $HOME, 2013-04-12).

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