If we move away from a detached HEAD that has broken or
corrupted commits, we might die in two places:

  1. Printing the "old HEAD was..." message.

  2. Printing the list of orphaned commits.

In both cases, we ignore the return value of parse_commit
and feed the resulting commit to the pretty-print machinery,
which will die() upon failing to read the commit object

Since both cases are ancillary to the real operation being
performed, let's be more robust and keep going. This lets
users more easily checkout away from broken history.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <p...@peff.net>
 builtin/checkout.c | 8 ++++----
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/builtin/checkout.c b/builtin/checkout.c
index 34a2e43..1df55c0 100644
--- a/builtin/checkout.c
+++ b/builtin/checkout.c
@@ -380,8 +380,8 @@ static void show_local_changes(struct object *head,
 static void describe_detached_head(const char *msg, struct commit *commit)
        struct strbuf sb = STRBUF_INIT;
-       parse_commit(commit);
-       pp_commit_easy(CMIT_FMT_ONELINE, commit, &sb);
+       if (!parse_commit(commit))
+               pp_commit_easy(CMIT_FMT_ONELINE, commit, &sb);
        fprintf(stderr, "%s %s... %s\n", msg,
                find_unique_abbrev(commit->object.sha1, DEFAULT_ABBREV), 
@@ -677,12 +677,12 @@ static int add_pending_uninteresting_ref(const char 
 static void describe_one_orphan(struct strbuf *sb, struct commit *commit)
-       parse_commit(commit);
        strbuf_addstr(sb, "  ");
                find_unique_abbrev(commit->object.sha1, DEFAULT_ABBREV));
        strbuf_addch(sb, ' ');
-       pp_commit_easy(CMIT_FMT_ONELINE, commit, sb);
+       if (!parse_commit(commit))
+               pp_commit_easy(CMIT_FMT_ONELINE, commit, sb);
        strbuf_addch(sb, '\n');
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