On 2014-04-28 22.03, Jeff King wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 09:52:07PM +0200, Torsten Bögershausen wrote:
>> To my knowledge repos with decomposed unicode should be rare in
>> practice.  I only can speak for european (or latin based) or cyrillic
>> languages myself:
> I've run across several cases in the past few months, but only just
> figured out what was going on. Most were tickets to GitHub support, but
> we actually have such a case in our github/github repository. In most
> cases, I think they were created on older versions of git on OS X,
> either before core.precomposeunicode existed, or before it was turned on
> by default. The decomposed form got baked into the tree (whatever the
> user originally typed, git probably found out about it via "git add .").
> I think reports are just coming in now because we didn't start turning
> on core.precomposeunicode by default until v1.8.5, shipped in November.
> And then, a person working on the repository would not notice anything,
> since we only set the flag during clone. So it took time for people to
> upgrade _and_ to make fresh clones.
OK, thanks for the description.
In theory we can make Git "composition ignoring" by changing
index_file_exists() in name-hash.c.
(Both names must be precomposed first and compared then)

I don't know how much people are using Git before 1.7.12 (the
first version supporting precomposed unicode).

Could we simply ask them to upgrade ?
The next problem is that people need to agree if the repo should store
names in pre- or decomposed form.
(My voice is for precomposed)
Unfortunatly the core.precomposeunicode is repo-local, so everybody
needs to "agree globally" and "configure locally".

Side note:
I which we had this config variable travelling with the repo, like 
.gitattributes does
for text dealing with CRLF-LF.

I don't know how many reports you have, reading all this it feels as if the 
effected users
could "normalize" their repos and run "git config core.precomposeunicode true", 
by "git config --global core.precomposeunicode true".
Does that sound like a possible way forward ?
>> So for me the test case could sense, even if I think that nobody (TM)
>> uses an old Git version under Mac OS X which is not able to handle
>> precomposed unicode.
> Even when they do not, the decomposed values are baked into history from
> those old versions. So it is a matter of history created with older
> versions not interacting well with newer versions.
I'm not sure if I understood all the details here, but I would be happy to help
with suggestions/tests/reviews.

> -Peff

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