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From: Jubilee Young <workingjubilee@gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Tan <jonathantanmy@google.com>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org,
	Christian Couder <christian.couder@gmail.com>,
	johannes.schindelin@gmx.de, gitster@pobox.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v7 1/1] Implement rev-list --bisect* --first-parent
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAPNHn3qj7v=xu1ogG4q9NrHvp1zfZFvUWQKJqf0DJcavxgsz6Q@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191105230403.5542-1-jonathantanmy@google.com>

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 3:04 PM Jonathan Tan <jonathantanmy@google.com> wrote:
>
> First of all, thanks for taking a year-old patch and updating it.
> Overall, this looks good. I have some minor comments, but it might be
> best to wait until someone more experienced with bisect.c takes a look
> too.
>
> Your commit message title should be of the form "<component>: <change>",
> e.g.:
>
>   rev-list: support --first-parent with --bisect*
>
> > Not all repository maintainers expect every commit to pass tests, only
> > testing the merge commits. Currently bisection assumes every commit is
> > of interest. The highly-requested --bisect --first-parent feature imbues
> > git with the same indifference to minutiae when the option is set, so
> > that it casually riffles through commits, throwing aside mountains of
> > irrelevant data when looking for a breaking change. Further refinement
> > of where breaks occurred can be gained by bisecting over the merge's
> > range.
>
> I would be much more laconic (in particular, omitting subjective terms
> like "minutiae" and "mountains of irrelevant data"), but perhaps that is
> just a matter of subjective style.
>
> > Note, bisecting on --first-parent becomes part of findall's previously
> > existing pass-through as an "option state" flag.
>
> I don't understand this part.
>
> > In order to limit possible obfuscation of bisect operations resulting
> > from the addition of new flags, some extra documentation was folded in
> > to the patch.
>
> What is being obfuscated, and what extra documentation was "folded"?
>
> Also, clarify in the commit message somewhere that this commit does not
> change the behavior of "git bisect".
>
> As for the diff, besides my comments below, a change in the user-facing
> documentation of "rev-list" is needed, since --bisect and --first-parent
> now work together.

Will do.

>
> > -static int count_interesting_parents(struct commit *commit)
> > +static int count_interesting_parents(struct commit *commit, unsigned bisect_flags)
> >  {
> >       struct commit_list *p;
> >       int count;
> >
> >       for (count = 0, p = commit->parents; p; p = p->next) {
> > -             if (p->item->object.flags & UNINTERESTING)
> > -                     continue;
> > -             count++;
> > +             if (!(p->item->object.flags & UNINTERESTING))
> > +                     count++;
> > +             if (bisect_flags & BISECT_FIRST_PARENT)
> > +                     break;
> >       }
> >       return count;
> >  }
>
> (Note that I'm writing my thoughts as I go along to aid future
> reviewers, and to show the author (you) how I'm understanding the
> patch.)
>
> We only take into account the first parent - straightforward enough.
> I'll have to see how this function is used to ensure that this change is
> correct.
>
> >  static void show_list(const char *debug, int counted, int nr,
> > -                   struct commit_list *list)
> > +                   struct commit_list *list, unsigned bisect_flags)
> >  {
> >       struct commit_list *p;
>
> What is the purpose of this change? bisect_flags is never used anywhere
> in show_list().

Insufficiently cleaned-up change cruft! Thanks for catching it.

> This is also in a loop. As can be seen at the top of the diff ("if (0 <=
> weight(p))"), this only operates on commits with negative weights.
>
> Originally, the inner loop advances until a non-UNINTERESTING parent
> with a non-negative weight. If no such parent is found, at the end of
> the loop, q is NULL. The added code effectively replicates what's going
> on, but ignoring any parents after the first.
>
> A previous reviewer [1] wanted an explanation for this part, so thanks
> for attempting to do that. But I don't understand the explanation -
> firstly, it is not a question of "can" (optional) but of "will"
> (mandatory), and it is not only UNINTERESTING that determines skipping,
> but weight as well.
>
> I would write the entire section like this (remember to wrap the lines):
>
>         if (first_parent) {
>                 q = p->item->parents;
>                 if (q && ((q->item->object.flags & UNINTERESTING) || weight(q) < 0))
>                         q = NULL;
>         } else {
>                 /*
>                  * Find an interesting parent with non-negative weight.
>                  */
>                 for (...) {
>                 }
>         }
>

"uninteresting" was meant in the colloquial sense rather than the
CONSTANT, but fair, it's probably just confusing.

> Looking at the rest of do_find_bisection():
>
> - I don't see any other parts that would be affected by only calculating
>   weights based on the first parent, so that's fine.
>
> - There are some early returns that assume that "list" is generated by
>   iterating only over first parents. do_find_bisection() is called only
>   by find_bisection(), and the latter is called only by cmd_rev_list()
>   and bisect_next_all(). The former is fine, but I will discuss the
>   latter later.
>
> - I do see some unclear parts (in particular, counter might not reach nr
>   if any of the weights are 0 and if the "weight_set(p, weight(q));"
>   line is reached, potentially resulting in an infinite loop) but that
>   is unrelated to this patch, so don't worry about it.
>
> [1] https://public-inbox.org/git/nycvar.QRO.7.76.6.1808281512240.73@tvgsbejvaqbjf.bet/
>
> > @@ -964,7 +981,12 @@ int bisect_next_all(struct repository *r, const char *prefix, int no_checkout)
> >
> >       bisect_common(&revs);
> >
> > -     find_bisection(&revs.commits, &reaches, &all, !!skipped_revs.nr);
> > +     if (skipped_revs.nr)
> > +             bisect_flags |= BISECT_FIND_ALL;
> > +     if (revs.first_parent_only)
> > +             bisect_flags |= BISECT_FIRST_PARENT;
> > +
> > +     find_bisection(&revs.commits, &reaches, &all, bisect_flags);
> >       revs.commits = managed_skipped(revs.commits, &tried);
> >
> >       if (!revs.commits) {
>
> I don't see how revs.first_parent_only is ever set in this function. If
> it's never set, undo this change, since this code is never executed.

In this function, we call bisect_rev_setup() using the revs struct we
made, which then calls setup_revisions() on the revs, which appears to
call handle_revision_opt() with that struct again,which finally is
allowed to set revs->first_parent_only = 1; in revision.c.

So unless I am horribly misreading something, we do set it.

> > diff --git a/t/t6000-rev-list-misc.sh b/t/t6000-rev-list-misc.sh
> > index b8cf82349b..95949e4ff1 100755
> > --- a/t/t6000-rev-list-misc.sh
> > +++ b/t/t6000-rev-list-misc.sh
> > @@ -122,8 +122,8 @@ test_expect_success 'rev-list can negate index objects' '
> >       test_cmp expect actual
> >  '
> >
> > -test_expect_success '--bisect and --first-parent can not be combined' '
> > -     test_must_fail git rev-list --bisect --first-parent HEAD
> > +test_expect_success '--bisect and --first-parent CAN be combined' '
> > +     git rev-list --bisect --first-parent HEAD
> >  '
> >
>
> I think this test can just be deleted. It is tested in t6002.

Sure, I'll drop it.

> > diff --git a/t/t6002-rev-list-bisect.sh b/t/t6002-rev-list-bisect.sh
> > index a661408038..6caf2af650 100755
> > --- a/t/t6002-rev-list-bisect.sh
> > +++ b/t/t6002-rev-list-bisect.sh
> > @@ -263,4 +263,58 @@ test_expect_success 'rev-parse --bisect can default to good/bad refs' '
> >       test_cmp expect.sorted actual.sorted
> >  '
> >
> > +# --first-parent tests
> > +
> > +# --bisect --first-parent should pluck out the middle.
> > +printf "%s\n" e4 |
> > +test_output_expect_success "--bisect --first-parent" '
> > +     git rev-list --bisect --first-parent E ^F
> > +'
> > +
> > +printf "%s\n" E e1 e2 e3 e4 e5 e6 e7 e8 |
> > +test_output_expect_success "--first-parent" '
> > +     git rev-list --first-parent E ^F
> > +'
> > +
> > +test_output_expect_success '--bisect-vars --first-parent' '
> > +     git rev-list --bisect-vars --first-parent E ^F
> > +' <<-EOF
> > +     bisect_rev='e5'
> > +     bisect_nr=4
> > +     bisect_good=4
> > +     bisect_bad=3
> > +     bisect_all=9
> > +     bisect_steps=2
> > +EOF
>
> Looks good, except for the middle test - that should already be working
> even before the current patch, right? If there's a reason for including
> it anyway, mention it in the commit message.

Also cutting, I think.

> > +test_expect_success '--bisect-all --first-parent returns correct order' '
> > +     git rev-list --bisect-all --first-parent E ^F >actual &&
> > +
> > +     # Make sure the entries are sorted in the dist order
> > +     sed -e "s/.*dist=\([0-9]\).*/\1/" actual >actual.dists &&
> > +     sort -r -n actual.dists >actual.dists.sorted &&
> > +     test_cmp actual.dists.sorted actual.dists
> > +'
> > +
> > +# NEEDSWORK: this test could afford being hardened against other
> > +# changes in the same file.
> > +test_expect_success '--bisect-all --first-parent compares correctly' '
> > +     cat >expect <<-EOF &&
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e5) (tag: e5, dist=4)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e4) (tag: e4, dist=4)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e6) (tag: e6, dist=3)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e3) (tag: e3, dist=3)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e7) (tag: e7, dist=2)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e2) (tag: e2, dist=2)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e8) (tag: e8, dist=1)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/e1) (tag: e1, dist=1)
> > +     $(git rev-parse tags/E) (tag: E, dist=0)
> > +EOF
> > +
> > +git rev-list --bisect-all --first-parent E ^F >actual &&
> > +     sort actual >actual.sorted &&
> > +     sort expect >expect.sorted &&
> > +     test_cmp expect.sorted actual.sorted
> > +'
>
> I think these 2 tests can be combined, since the latter also checks the
> dists. Also, correct the indentation of the latter test.

I understand they are similar tests, but... Is there a tangible
reason for combining them? Especially when their logic can
live and breathe completely separately, compacting tests
reduces the resolution of the information we can extract from failure.

I would rather simply drop one and preserve 1 test = 1 data point.

  parent reply	other threads:[~2019-11-07 16:00 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-05  5:21 [Outreachy] [PATCH v7 0/1] Revenge of --bisect --first-parent workingjubilee
2019-11-05  5:21 ` [PATCH v7 1/1] Implement rev-list --bisect* --first-parent workingjubilee
2019-11-05 23:04   ` Jonathan Tan
2019-11-06  2:42     ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-06 11:30       ` Johannes Schindelin
2019-11-06 21:36       ` Jonathan Tan
2019-11-07  3:35         ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-07  5:07         ` Jubilee Young
2019-11-07 16:00     ` Jubilee Young [this message]
2019-11-07 18:56       ` Jonathan Tan

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