"Philip Oakley" <philipoak...@iee.org> writes:

> From: "Junio C Hamano" <gits...@pobox.com>
>> "Philip Oakley" <philipoak...@iee.org> 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.

I understand what you mean by these last two lines. It was unclear
to me which part of our documentation needs updating and how, and
that was (and still is) what I was primarily interested in finding

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