Am 05.06.2014 11:58, schrieb Erik Faye-Lund:
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM, Karsten Blees <> 
> wrote:
>> Am 05.06.2014 10:03, schrieb Stepan Kasal:
>>> From: Johannes Schindelin <>
>>> Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:41:33 +0200
>>> If HOME is not set, use $HOMEDRIVE$HOMEPATH
>>> Signed-off-by: Johannes Schindelin <>
>>> Signed-off-by: Stepan Kasal <>
>>> ---
>>> Hello Karsten,
>>> thanks for your explanation.  There are more things to be done, but
>>> I hope you can ack this patch as a step forward.
>> No, not really. Its sure better than introducing a special 
>> get_home_directory(), but it still increases the diff between upstream and 
>> msysgit rather than reducing it. The main critique points still remain:
>>  * $HOME is usually set up correctly before calling git, so this is 
>> essentially dead code (just checked, portable git's git-bash.bat and 
>> git-cmd.bat also do this correctly)
> What about when tools like TortoiseGit and Git Extensions call git?
> We're not guaranteed that they did the $HOME-dance, are we?

GitExtensions does the same thing, see issue 497. I don't know about 
TortoiseGit, but I suspect the same.

>>  * even if $HOME was empty, git should setenv("HOME") so that child 
>> processes can benefit from it (similar to TMPDIR and TERM in current 
>> msysgit's mingw_startup()). Not setting $HOME because it may hypothetically 
>> break child processes is a very weak argument, as we always did set $HOME in 
>> etc/profile (since the initial version back in 2007).
>>  * no fallback to $USERPROFILE doesn't work with diconnected home share
>> If you really have time to spare, I suggest you focus on getting the Unicode 
>> patches upstream so that we can progress from there (e.g. move $HOME setup 
>> to mingw_startup() so that we can get rid of redundant logic in etc/profile, 
>> git-wrapper, git-bash.bat, git-cmd.bat etc.).
> Perhaps we can patch up the upstream to better match Git for Windows
> without upstreaming the Unicode patches? Don't get me wrong; I think
> upstreaming them is a good idea, but in case time is lacking...

The unicode patch series happens to be one of the first on top of upstream, and 
its also the longest (~40 patches) and I believe most intrusive one (~1500 
lines changed). So I think the most time-preserving option is to send it 
upstream as unchanged as possible (probably with the bugfix-patches squashed). 
There's only ~50 lines changed outside of compat, so hopefully there won't be 
too many additional review-rounds...
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