By the time the "if" block is entered, the lock_file instance from the
main function block is no longer in use, so re-use that one instead of
allocating a second one.

Note that the "lock" variable in the "if" block shadowed the "lock"
variable at function scope, so the only change needed is to remove the
inner definition.

Signed-off-by: Michael Haggerty <>
 builtin/merge.c | 1 -
 1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/builtin/merge.c b/builtin/merge.c
index 66d8843..9b7e7cb 100644
--- a/builtin/merge.c
+++ b/builtin/merge.c
@@ -671,7 +671,6 @@ static int try_merge_strategy(const char *strategy, struct 
commit_list *common,
        if (!strcmp(strategy, "recursive") || !strcmp(strategy, "subtree")) {
                int clean, x;
                struct commit *result;
-               struct lock_file *lock = xcalloc(1, sizeof(struct lock_file));
                int index_fd;
                struct commit_list *reversed = NULL;
                struct merge_options o;

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