Philip Oakley wrote:

> Would this be a good time to suggest a specific wording should be
> proposed (or a reminder of what was proposed repeated) for the
> documentation of this option. It will be the documentation that
> users will refer to when they need to know, rather than the list
> discussions.

It's not clear to me that this config item is a good idea.

What is the intended use?  If someone wants to test that their scripts
will continue to work with git 2.0, wouldn't testing a 2.0 release
candidate (or the current state of the 'jch' branch until one exists)
be the simplest way to do that?  If someone just likes the proposed
behavior changes and wants to start using them right away, maybe we
can help them by releasing 2.0 sooner ;-), or by advertising the
fairly simple changes in commandline usage to get the new behaviors:

        Instead of "git add", use "git add -A".

        When using "git add -u" or "git add -A" from a subdirectory
        of the toplevel, specify "git add -u ." explicitly unless you
        want it to apply to the whole tree (in which case use
        "git add -u :/").

        Instead of letting "git push" guess, name the branch you
        want to push: "git push origin master".  Or set
        '[push] default = simple' in your configuration.

        Pass --prefix to "git svn clone".

The downside of configuration like the proposed is that it
is hard to explain ("What do you mean that I can't roll back to the
pre-2.0 behavior in Git 2.0 by setting this configuration setting to
an appropriate value?"), users or scripts can rely on it, and
configuration variables tend to accumulate and never be removed.  If
we really want a run-time switch for this, I suspect an appropriately
named environment variable would work better, since we have a history
of being able to remove those without alarming people.

My two cents,
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