Junio C Hamano wrote:
> I do not share the "with --verify is better hence no problem"
> reasoning. My "not so much worth worrying about" comes solely from
> a hunch that nobody has "HEAD~3..HEAD" in their working directory,
That's what makes it a problem. This change makes it very easy to
make a general-purpose script that breaks in an edge case that the
script's author is not likely to run into. Then as soon as someone
adds a file with such a name to the test data in their repo, their
favorite general-purpose repo munger just breaks.
If we wanted to forbid git from tracking files named HEAD~3..HEAD
altogether, that would be a different story.
> and if somebody has one, then they must be using "--verify" (or a
> clarifying "--"), because their "git log" and whatever they use "git
> rev-parse HEAD~3..HEAD" for would behave very differently otherwise.
Isn't protecting against this kind of thing the reason we ask authors
of general-purpose scripts to use "simple, do what I say and not what
I mean" plumbing commands?
Another relevant detail is that using rev-parse with "--" is more
painful than without, since it includes the "--" in its output.
Without this change, it seems much more likely to me that someone
git rev-parse <commits> |
while read commit
git rev-parse <commits> -- |
while read commit
if test "$commit" = "--"
> So it is not merely "--verify is better"---in a situation where the
> backward incompatibility matters, I doubt the existing behaves
> sensibly in the first place.
What in the former of the above two loops is broken?
> But if we cook it for a while, I suspect that we will find more and
> more breakages of expectations in the existing scripts in and out of
> the tree;
Alas, probably no, because nobody has "HEAD~3..HEAD" in their working
directory. That's exactly the problem --- it creates an edge case
that nobody is likely to test until the once-in-a-few-years moment
when they need it.
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