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From: Julian Phillips <>
To: Peter Baumann <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>,
Subject: Re: [BUG] git-new-workdir doesn't understand packed refs
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:55:15 +0100 (BST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070418081122.GB32634@xp.machine.xx>

On Wed, 18 Apr 2007, Peter Baumann wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 12:40:10AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> We can do one of two things.  I am not sure which one is better.
>>  (0) The effect of 'git gc' by definition in the symlink-shared
>>      work tree should be the same as in the original repository
>>      as the former is to share all the refspace and object
>>      database.  So we _could_ declare that running 'git gc' in
>>      symlink-shared work tree is insane and educate people to
>>      run that in the original repository.  This is _not_ doing
>>      anything.
>>  (1) We could by convention declare a worktree whose .git/refs
>>      is a symlink, and have git-gc and friends check for it, and
>>      either refuse to run or automatically chdir and run there.
>>      If we were to do this, we probably should check more than
>>      just .git/refs but some other symlinks under .git/ as well.
>>  (2) We could dereference .git/packed-refs, when it is a
>>      symlink, by hand, just like we dereference a symlink HEAD
>>      by hand (see resolve_ref() in refs.c), and run the
>>      creat-to-temp-and-then-rename sequence to update the real
>>      file that is pointed at by it.
> Its not all the clear which one is the best, but (2) sounds as the most
> promosing aproach. Hopefully, I'll have time to cook up a patch this
> evening.

Personally I think (1) might be slightly better, in the refuse to run 
form.  gc is a repository operation, not a working directory one - and by 
refusing to run in a workdir this is made clear.  You could print out a 
message that includes the location of the actual repo to be more friendly 

But whatever solution you go for, you can't use _any_ workdir that points 
at a repo that is having gc run on, either directly or indirectly, without 
risky odd behaviour.


Q:	How many supply-siders does it take to change a light bulb?
A:	None.  The darkness will cause the light bulb to change by itself.

  reply	other threads:[~2007-04-18 11:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 22+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-04-17 16:17 [BUG] git-new-workdir doesn't understand packed refs Peter Baumann
2007-04-17 21:55 ` Julian Phillips
2007-04-18  5:52   ` Peter Baumann
2007-04-18  7:26     ` Julian Phillips
2007-04-18  7:40     ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-18  8:11       ` Peter Baumann
2007-04-18 11:55         ` Julian Phillips [this message]
2007-04-18 16:23           ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-18 17:43             ` Peter Baumann
2007-04-18 18:17               ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-18 18:31                 ` Peter Baumann
2007-04-18 18:42                   ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-18 21:08                     ` Peter Baumann
2007-04-18 21:31                       ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-19  5:35                         ` [PATCH] Add test for symlinked .git/packed-refs Peter Baumann
2007-04-19  6:06                           ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-20 16:52                             ` [PATCH] pack-refs: dereference .git/packed-refs if it is a symlink Peter Baumann
2007-04-21 20:05                               ` Junio C Hamano
2007-04-18 18:43                   ` [BUG] git-new-workdir doesn't understand packed refs Julian Phillips
2007-04-18 10:28       ` [PATCH] pack-refs: dereference .git/packed-refs if it is a symlink Peter Baumann
2007-04-18 16:09         ` Linus Torvalds
2007-04-18 17:47           ` Peter Baumann

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