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From: "SZEDER Gábor" <szeder.dev@gmail.com>
To: Patrick Steinhardt <ps@pks.im>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, "Junio C Hamano" <gitster@pobox.com>,
	"Jeff King" <peff@peff.net>,
	"Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <avarab@gmail.com>,
	"Eric Sunshine" <sunshine@sunshineco.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 3/3] config: allow overriding of global and system configuration
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 22:46:37 +0200
Message-ID: <20210421204637.GA2947267@szeder.dev> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <7e7506217e4aac82e3a03013d24e6f885383ecd3.1618835148.git.ps@pks.im>

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 02:31:16PM +0200, Patrick Steinhardt wrote:
> In order to have git run in a fully controlled environment without any
> misconfiguration, it may be desirable for users or scripts to override
> global- and system-level configuration files. We already have a way of
> doing this, which is to unset both HOME and XDG_CONFIG_HOME environment
> variables and to set `GIT_CONFIG_NOGLOBAL=true`. This is quite kludgy,
> and unsetting the first two variables likely has an impact on other
> executables spawned by such a script.
> 
> The obvious way to fix this would be to introduce `GIT_CONFIG_NOGLOBAL`
> as an equivalent to `GIT_CONFIG_NOSYSTEM`. But in the past, it has
> turned out that this design is inflexible: we cannot test system-level
> parsing of the git configuration in our test harness because there is no
> way to change its location, so all tests run with `GIT_CONFIG_NOSYSTEM`
> set.
> 
> Instead of doing the same mistake with `GIT_CONFIG_NOGLOBAL`, introduce
> two new variables `GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL` and `GIT_CONFIG_SYSTEM`:
> 
>     - If unset, git continues to use the usual locations.
> 
>     - If set to a specific path, we skip reading the normal
>       configuration files and instead take the path. By setting the path
>       to `/dev/null`, no configuration will be loaded for the respective
>       level.
> 
> This implements the usecase where we want to execute code in a sanitized
> environment without any potential misconfigurations via `/dev/null`, but
> is more flexible and allows for more usecases than simply adding
> `GIT_CONFIG_NOGLOBAL`.

Something is still not right with this patch series, because:

> +test_expect_success 'write to overridden global and system config' '
> +	cat >expect <<EOF &&
> +[config]
> +	key = value
> +EOF
> +
> +	GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL=write-to-global git config --global config.key value &&
> +	test_cmp expect write-to-global &&
> +
> +	GIT_CONFIG_SYSTEM=write-to-system git config --system config.key value &&
> +	test_cmp expect write-to-system
> +'

This test fails on Travis CI's Linux32 job:

  expecting success of 1300.184 'write to overridden global and system config': 
  	cat >expect <<EOF &&
  [config]
  	key = value
  EOF
  	GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL=write-to-global git config --global config.key value &&
  	test_cmp expect write-to-global &&
  	GIT_CONFIG_SYSTEM=write-to-system git config --system config.key value &&
  	test_cmp expect write-to-system
  + cat
  + GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL=write-to-global git config --global config.key value
  fatal: unable to access '/root/etc/gitconfig': Permission denied
  error: last command exited with $?=128
  not ok 184 - write to overridden global and system config

Yeah, that job has a weird environment with Docker and 'su'
interacting in a way that ultimately builds Git with 'HOME=/root',
which in our build system means that 'sysconfdir=/root/etc'.  To
reproduce at home just run:

  make prefix=/root && cd t && ./t1300-config.sh -V -x -i



  reply index

Thread overview: 52+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-08 14:17 [PATCH] config: Introduce GIT_CONFIG_NOGLOBAL Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-08 16:44 ` Eric Sunshine
2021-04-08 17:25 ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-08 23:18   ` Jeff King
2021-04-08 23:43     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-09  0:25       ` Jeff King
2021-04-08 23:34   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-08 23:39   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-08 23:30 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-08 23:56   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-09 13:43 ` [PATCH v2 0/3] config: allow overriding global/system config Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-09 13:43   ` [PATCH v2 1/3] config: rename `git_etc_config()` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-09 15:13     ` Jeff King
2021-04-09 13:43   ` [PATCH v2 2/3] config: unify code paths to get global config paths Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-09 15:21     ` Jeff King
2021-04-09 13:43   ` [PATCH v2 3/3] config: allow overriding of global and system configuration Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-09 15:38     ` Jeff King
2021-04-12 14:04       ` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-09 22:18     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-09 15:41   ` [PATCH v2 0/3] config: allow overriding global/system config Jeff King
2021-04-12 14:46   ` [PATCH v3 " Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-12 14:46     ` [PATCH v3 1/3] config: rename `git_etc_config()` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-12 14:46     ` [PATCH v3 2/3] config: unify code paths to get global config paths Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-12 14:46     ` [PATCH v3 3/3] config: allow overriding of global and system configuration Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-12 17:04       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-13  7:11     ` [PATCH v4 0/3] config: allow overriding global/system config Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-13  7:11       ` [PATCH v4 1/3] config: rename `git_etc_config()` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-13  7:25         ` Jeff King
2021-04-16 21:14         ` SZEDER Gábor
2021-04-17  8:44           ` Jeff King
2021-04-17 21:37             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-18  5:39               ` Jeff King
2021-04-19 11:03                 ` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-23  9:27                   ` Jeff King
2021-04-13  7:11       ` [PATCH v4 2/3] config: unify code paths to get global config paths Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-13  7:11       ` [PATCH v4 3/3] config: allow overriding of global and system configuration Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-13  7:33         ` Jeff King
2021-04-13  7:54           ` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-13  7:33       ` [PATCH v4 0/3] config: allow overriding global/system config Jeff King
2021-04-13 17:49       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-14  5:37         ` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-19 12:31       ` [PATCH v5 " Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-19 12:31         ` [PATCH v5 1/3] config: rename `git_etc_config()` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-19 12:31         ` [PATCH v5 2/3] config: unify code paths to get global config paths Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-19 12:31         ` [PATCH v5 3/3] config: allow overriding of global and system configuration Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-21 20:46           ` SZEDER Gábor [this message]
2021-04-21 21:06             ` SZEDER Gábor
2021-04-22  5:36               ` Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-23  5:47             ` [PATCH] t1300: fix unset of GIT_CONFIG_NOSYSTEM leaking into subsequent tests Patrick Steinhardt
2021-04-19 21:55         ` [PATCH v5 0/3] config: allow overriding global/system config Junio C Hamano
2021-04-23  9:32         ` Jeff King
2021-04-12 14:46 ` [PATCH v3] config: allow overriding of global and system configuration Patrick Steinhardt

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