On Mon, Aug 04, 2014 at 11:06:03PM +0200, Matthieu Moy wrote:

> > Hmm. Not related to the original patch, but that really looks like a
> > bug. Shouldn't "git -c pretty.my= ..." set pretty.my to the empty string?
> >
> > I'd expect "git -c pretty.my ..." to set it to NULL (i.e., the "implicit
> > true" you get from omitting the "=" in the config files themselves).
> Indeed.
> strbuf_split_buf() does not seem to distinguish between x= and x. No
> time to debug this further, sorry.

Oh, I didn't expect you to work on it. The bug is totally my fault. :)
Your email just made me realize it was there.

Here's a patch to fix it.

-- >8 --
Subject: config: teach "git -c" to recognize an empty string

In a config file, you can do:


to turn the "foo.bar" boolean flag on, and you can do:


to set "foo.bar" to the empty string. However, git's "-c"
parameter treats both:

  git -c foo.bar


  git -c foo.bar=

as the boolean flag, and there is no way to set a variable
to the empty string. This patch enables the latter form to
do that.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <p...@peff.net>
This is technically a backwards incompatibility, but I'd consider it a
simple bugfix. The existing behavior was unintentional, made no sense,
and was never documented.

Looking over strbuf_split's interface, I think it's rather
counter-intuitive, and I was tempted to change it. But there are several
other callers that rely on it, and the chance for introducing a subtle
bug is high. This is the least invasive fix (and it really is not any
less readable than what was already there :) ).

 Documentation/git.txt  |  5 +++++
 config.c               | 12 ++++++++++--
 t/t1300-repo-config.sh | 11 +++++++++++
 3 files changed, 26 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git.txt b/Documentation/git.txt
index b1c4f7a..e7783f0 100644
--- a/Documentation/git.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git.txt
@@ -447,6 +447,11 @@ example the following invocations are equivalent:
        given will override values from configuration files.
        The <name> is expected in the same format as listed by
        'git config' (subkeys separated by dots).
+Note that omitting the `=` in `git -c foo.bar ...` is allowed and sets
+`foo.bar` to the boolean true value (just like `[foo]bar` would in a
+config file). Including the equals but with an empty value (like `git -c
+foo.bar= ...`) sets `foo.bar` to the empty string.
        Path to wherever your core Git programs are installed.
diff --git a/config.c b/config.c
index 058505c..fe6216f 100644
--- a/config.c
+++ b/config.c
@@ -162,19 +162,27 @@ void git_config_push_parameter(const char *text)
 int git_config_parse_parameter(const char *text,
                               config_fn_t fn, void *data)
+       const char *value;
        struct strbuf **pair;
        pair = strbuf_split_str(text, '=', 2);
        if (!pair[0])
                return error("bogus config parameter: %s", text);
-       if (pair[0]->len && pair[0]->buf[pair[0]->len - 1] == '=')
+       if (pair[0]->len && pair[0]->buf[pair[0]->len - 1] == '=') {
                strbuf_setlen(pair[0], pair[0]->len - 1);
+               value = pair[1] ? pair[1]->buf : "";
+       } else
+               value = NULL;
        if (!pair[0]->len) {
                return error("bogus config parameter: %s", text);
-       if (fn(pair[0]->buf, pair[1] ? pair[1]->buf : NULL, data) < 0) {
+       if (fn(pair[0]->buf, value, data) < 0) {
                return -1;
diff --git a/t/t1300-repo-config.sh b/t/t1300-repo-config.sh
index 3f80ff0..46f6ae2 100755
--- a/t/t1300-repo-config.sh
+++ b/t/t1300-repo-config.sh
@@ -1010,6 +1010,17 @@ test_expect_success 'git -c "key=value" support' '
        test_must_fail git -c name=value config core.name
+# We just need a type-specifier here that cares about the
+# distinction internally between a NULL boolean and a real
+# string (because most of git's internal parsers do care).
+# Using "--path" works, but we do not otherwise care about
+# its semantics.
+test_expect_success 'git -c can represent empty string' '
+       echo >expect &&
+       git -c foo.empty= config --path foo.empty >actual &&
+       test_cmp expect actual
 test_expect_success 'key sanity-checking' '
        test_must_fail git config foo=bar &&
        test_must_fail git config foo=.bar &&

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