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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: "Maksym Sobolyev via GitGitGadget" <>
Cc:, Maksym Sobolyev <>,
	Maksym Sobolyev <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Make ident dynamic, not just a hardcoded value of "$Id".
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2021 11:10:11 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <xmqqa6l8qbgc.fsf@gitster.g> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Maksym Sobolyev via GitGitGadget's message of "Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:41:58 +0000")

"Maksym Sobolyev via GitGitGadget" <> writes:

> From: Maksym Sobolyev <>
> This allows ident to be something like $FreeBSD$ so it provides matching
> functionality for repos migrated from CVS / SVN.
> This works by allowing ident to have a parameter, i.e.:
> * ident=MyCustomId
> In .gitattributes.

I would have expected that, just like cvs uses its configuration
mechanism for LocalKeyword, this would belong to the .git/config

The attribute mechanism is inherently for stuff that you would want
to specify per-path, so the "do we do keyword expansion for this
file (yes/no)?" is a good match to be an attribute, and that
question is what the original 'ident' attribute asks.

I do not think "what keyword do we want to expand as if it were
$Id$?" is a question we want to be giving different answers per
path, and it does not smell like a good match to be an attribute.

By allowing a potentially separate values for

    *.txt ident=FreeBSD
    *.cc  ident=OpenBSD

this gives long rope to create a mess to the users.

I also think that the ident expansion is overrated, and have a
feeling that we should discourage its use, not encourage it, but
that is a separate story.


  reply	other threads:[~2021-08-23 18:10 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-08-23 16:41 [PATCH] Make ident dynamic, not just a hardcoded value of "$Id" Maksym Sobolyev via GitGitGadget
2021-08-23 18:10 ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2021-08-23 18:41 ` Philip Oakley
2021-08-26  4:28 ` [PATCH v2] " Maksym Sobolyev via GitGitGadget
2021-08-26 20:37   ` Matheus Tavares
2021-09-02  0:58     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-09-02 19:04       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-08-27  2:59   ` Junio C Hamano
     [not found]     ` <>
2021-09-01  5:35       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-09-01  2:13   ` [PATCH v3] " Maksym Sobolyev via GitGitGadget
2021-09-02  3:40     ` Đoàn Trần Công Danh

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