"Robin H. Johnson" <robb...@gentoo.org> writes:

> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 09:47:16AM -0800,  Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> "Robin H. Johnson" <robb...@gentoo.org> writes:
>> > The only other clean alternative would be implementing ONLY
>> > --sparse-checkout-from, and letting uses use fds creatively:
>> > --sparse-checkout-from <(echo X; echo Y)
>> Not all POSIX shells have such an abomination that is process
>> substitution.  You can easily work it around by adopting the usual
>> convention to use "-" to read from the standasrd input, though.
>>      (echo X; echo Y) | cmd --sparse-checkout-from -
> Is that a vote that you'd like to see a --sparse-checkout-from variant
> of my patch?

Honestly, I do not particularly care too much about this feature,
regardless of the interface [*1*].

It is just a vote that says "if --something-from form is going to be
implemented, it should be able to read from the standard input with
'-', unless there is a compelling reason not to do so".


*1* In the longer term, I think sparse checkout is broken as a
concept and I view this "use sparse checkout from the get-go" merely
a stop-gap measure to make the band-aid a bit less painful to use.
What you really want is a narrow clone, which is conceptually cleaner
but a lot harder implentation-wise.

Not that keeping a band-aid usable longer is necessarily bad in the
real world, though---so even I said *I*'m not interested, that is
different from saying I'm not taking a patch on this topic.
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