On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 09:54:38AM +0200, Peter Kjellerstedt wrote: > > I think your perl script is somewhat questionable, as it is making > > assumptions about the output of git-clone, and you would do better to > > accept arbitrary-sized output > > Well, the whole idea of using Git::command_oneline() is that we > are only interested in the first line of output, similar to using > "| head -1". If we had wanted all of the output we would have used > Git::command() instead. Since the Git Perl module is released as a > part of Git, I would expect it to work as documented regardless of > which Git command is used with Git::command_oneline().
I think command_oneline is exactly like "| head -1" in this case. Doing "git clone | head -1" would also fail, and should not be used. In general, you do not want to put a limiting pipe on a command with side effects beyond output. The design of unix pipes and SIGPIPE is such that you can do "generate_output | head", and "generate_output" will get SIGPIPE and die after realizing that its writer no longer cares about the output. But if your command is doing something besides output, that assumption doesn't hold. Arguably, "git clone" should be taking the initiative to ignore SIGPIPE itself. Its primary function is not output, but doing the clone. If output fails, we would want to continue the clone, not die. By the way, did you actually want to capture the stdout of git-clone, or were you just trying to suppress it? Because the eventual patch I posted sends it to stderr, under the assumption that what used to go to stdout should not be captured and parsed (because it is localized and subject to change). > However, what surprised me most was that git clone failed silently > when it got a broken pipe. It's not "git clone" that is doing this, I think, but rather the design of command_oneline. If I do: (sleep 1; git clone ...; echo >&2 exit=$?) | false then I see: exit=141 That is, clone dies from SIGPIPE trying to write "Cloning into...". But command_oneline is specifically designed to ignore SIGPIPE death, because you would want something like: command_oneline("git", "rev-list", "$A..$B"); to give you the first line, and then you do not care if the rest of the rev-list dies due to SIGPIPE (it is a good thing, because by closing the pipe you are telling it that its output is not needed). It may be that the documentation for command_oneline can be improved to mention this subtlety. -Peff -- 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