From: "Junio C Hamano" <>
"Philip Oakley" <> writes:

... and the detection process for 'toplevel' may not work
properly when in a separated work-tree environment.

Without GIT_WORK_TREE exported to point at the top-level, there is
nothing that lets us "detect" it, as the working tree does not have
".git" directory to tell us to stop, no?

"No", but not in that way.

My point (to Dale) was, as you state, that the "cd to top level" was (IIUC) the probable causes of the fault, and that a documentation update would probably be appropriate for the discussion on exporting GIT_WORK_TREE, and that it would specifically mention those git commands that needed to "cd to top level", and hence would not work in such an environment. (I wasn't sure where the appropriate "cd to top level" function was)

An explanation here on the list wouldn't solve the problems for others who are yet to make the same mistake, hence the implied suggestion.

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