On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 6:55 AM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote: > Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes: > > An addendum. > >> As we can see in a later paragaph: >> >> The "magic signature" consists of an ASCII symbol that is not >> alphanumeric. Currently only the slash `/` is recognized as a >> "magic signature"... >> >> the correct way to read that "a character that cannot be a magic >> signature" is "a character that is not 'an ASCII symbol that is not >> alphanumeric'", which means you can do: >> >> :!/foo - with magic signatures ! and /, pattern begins at 'f' >> >> :/#abc - with magic signatures # and /, pattern begins at 'a', >> even if in a particular version of Git, '#' magic >> signature may be invalid and produce an error >> >> :/:#abc - with magic signature /, pattern is "#abc". >> >> but because the definition of "magic signature" syntax comes later >> than "cannot be", it is prone to be misinterpreted as "anything that >> is not currently defined as a magic signature (namely, '/')". > > ... and that misinterpretation may give a false impression that > > ":/#abc" > > is with the magic signature '/' (i.e. match from top) for a pattern > "#abc". > > Doing so would mean that a version of Git that does not support a > magic signature '#' will allow people and scripts to use ":/#abc" > with such a meaning, and will prevent us from using '#' as a new > magic signature with some useful meaning in the future. Rather, we > need to force them to always spell it as ":/:#abc" even in the > version of Git before the magic signature '#'.
Current version does force that. $ git log -- ':/#aa' fatal: Unimplemented pathspec magic '#' in ':/#aa' Not sure if there are tests for it though. I'll add an advice to do ":/:#aa". > And the phrasing 'if the pattern begins with a character that cannot > be a "magic signature" and is not a colon' needs to be clarified to > avoid that misinterpretation for that reason. -- Duy -- 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