Am 03.03.2014 18:51, schrieb Junio C Hamano:
> Lee Hopkins <> writes:
>> I went ahead and took a stab at a solution. My solution is more
>> aggressive than a warning, I actually prevent the creation of
>> ambiguous refs. My changes are also in refs.c, which may not be
>> appropriate, but it seemed like the natural place.
>> I have never contributed to Git (in fact this is my first dive into
>> the source) and my C is a bit rusty, so bear with me, this is just a
>> suggestion:
>> ---
>>  refs.c |   31 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-------
>>  1 files changed, 24 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> Starting something like this from forbidding is likely to turn out
> to be a very bad idea that can break existing repositories.

Its sure worth considering what should be done with pre-existing duplicates. 
However, repositories with such refs are already broken on case-insensitive 
filesystems, and allowing something that's known to be broken is even more 
dangerous, IMO.

An alternative approach could be to encode upper-case letters in loose refs if 
core.ignorecase == true (e.g. "Foo" -> "%46oo"). Although this may pose a 
problem for commands that bypass the refs API / plumbing for whatever reason.

> A new configuration
>       refs.caseInsensitive = {warn|error|allow}

Its case-sensitive refs that cause trouble, case-insensitive refs would be fine 
on all platforms.

I still don't see why we need an extra setting for this. The problems are 
inherently caused by case-insensitive filesystems, and we already have 
'core.ignorecase' for that (its even automatically configured). Having an extra 
setting for refs is somewhat like making 'core.ignorecase' configurable per 

> that defaults to "warn" and the user can choose to set to "error" to
> forbid, would be more palatable, I would say.
> If the variable is not in 'core.' namespace, you should implement
> this check at the Porcelain level, allowing lower-level tools like
> update-ref as an escape hatch that let users bypass the restriction
> to be used to correct breakages; it would mean an unconditional "if
> !stricmp(), it is an error" in refs.c will not work well.
> I think it might be OK to have
>       core.allowCaseInsentitiveRefs = {yes|no|warn}
> which defaults to 'warn' (and 'yes' corresponds to 'allow', 'no'
> corresponds to 'error', in the previous suggestion), instead. If we
> wanted to prevent even lower-level tools like update-ref from
> bypassing the check, that is.

Its the plumbing that's broken, so implementing checks at the porcelain level 
won't help much. In particular, git-update-ref currently drops branches (or 
resets them to an earlier state) and messes up reflogs.

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