On 2014-04-22 13:38, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Michael Haggerty <mhag...@alum.mit.edu> writes:
>> While we're at it, I think it would be prudent to ban '-' at the
>> beginning of reference name segments. For example, reference names like
>> are currently both legal, but I think they shouldn't be.
> I think we forbid these at the Porcelain level ("git branch", "git
> checkout -b" and "git tag" should not let you create "-aBranch"),
> while leaving the plumbing lax to allow people experimenting with
> their repositories.
> It may be sensible to discuss and agree on what exactly should be
> forbidden (we saw "leading dash", "semicolon and dollar anywhere"
> so far in the discussion)
Also backquote anywhere.
> and plan for transition to forbid them
> everywhere in a next big version bump (it is too late for 2.0).
Would it be acceptable to have a config option to forbid these in a
non-major version bump? Does parsing config files add too much overhead
for this to be feasible?
If it's OK to have a config option, then here's one possible transition
path (probably flawed, but my intent is to bootstrap discussion):
1. Add an option to forbid dangerous characters. The option defaults
to disabled for compatibility. If the option is unset, print a
warning upon encountering a ref name that would be forbidden.
2. Later, flip the default to enabled.
3. Later, in the weeks/months leading up to the next major version
release, print the warning even if the config option is set to
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