Michael Haggerty <mhag...@alum.mit.edu> writes: > It seems to me that "-z" input will nearly always be machine-generated, > so there is not much reason to accept the empty string as shorthand for > zeros. So I think that my version of the rules, being simpler to > explain, is a slight improvement. But your version is already out in > the wild, so backwards-compatibility is also a consideration, even > though it is rather a fine point in a rather unlikely usage (why use > update rather than delete to delete a reference?). > > I don't know. I'm willing to rewrite the code to go back to your rules, > or rewrite the documentation to describe my rules. > > Neutral bystanders *cough*Junio*cough*, what do you prefer?
I may be misremembering things, but your first sentence quoted above was exactly my reaction while reviewing the original change, and I might have even raised that as an issue myself, saying something like "consistency across values is more important than type-saving in a machine format". Since nobody else were raising the issue back then, however, we are stuck with the interface. I am not against deprecating and removing the support for it in the longer term, though. -- 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