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From: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
To: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <avarab@gmail.com>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>,
	Taylor Blau <me@ttaylorr.com>, Elijah Newren <newren@gmail.com>,
	Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 00/10] improve reporting of unexpected objects
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2021 05:27:15 -0400
Message-ID: <YGBL88lYheyFmwCg@coredump.intra.peff.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <cover-00.11-00000000000-20210328T021238Z-avarab@gmail.com>

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 04:13:30AM +0200, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:

> Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason (10):
>   object.c: stop supporting len == -1 in type_from_string_gently()
>   object.c: refactor type_from_string_gently()
>   object.c: make type_from_string() return "enum object_type"
>   object-file.c: make oid_object_info() return "enum object_type"
>   object-name.c: make dependency on object_type order more obvious
>   tree.c: fix misindentation in parse_tree_gently()
>   object.c: add a utility function for "expected type X, got Y"
>   object.c: add and use oid_is_type_or_die_msg() function
>   object tests: add test for unexpected objects in tags
>   tag: don't misreport type of tagged objects in errors

I'm somewhat skeptical of the final patch, given my comments (just now)
in:

  https://lore.kernel.org/git/YGBHH7sAVsPpVKWd@coredump.intra.peff.net/

I'll quote them here:

> Because when we call, say, lookup_blob() and find that the object is
> already in memory as a non-blob, we don't know who the culprit is.
> Perhaps an earlier part of the code called parse_object(), found that it
> really is a blob on disk, and used that type. But it may equally have
> been the case that we saw a reference to the object as a commit, called
> lookup_commit() on it, and now our lookup_blob() call is unhappy,
> thinking it is really a commit. In that case, one of those references is
> wrong, but we don't know which.
>
> I think a robust solution would be one of:
>
>   - make the message more precise: "saw object X as a commit, but
>     previously it was referred to as a blob". Or vice versa.
>
>   - when we see such a mismatch, go to the object database to say "aha,
>     on disk it is really a blob". That's expensive, but this is an error
>     case, so we can afford to be slow. But it does produce unsatisfying
>     results when it was the earlier lookup_commit() call that was wrong.
>     Because we have to say "object X is really a blob, but some object
>     earlier referred to it as a commit. No idea who did that, though!".

Looking at the final patch, I think you side-step the issue to some
degree because it is only touching the parse_object() code paths, where
we really have looked at the bytes in the object database. So it
basically is doing the second thing above (which is "free" because we
were accessing the odb anyway).

But I think it still has the "oops, somebody made a wrong reference much
earlier" problem. The actual bug is in some other object entirely, whose
identity is long forgotten. I think we would be much better off to say
something like "somebody expected X to be a commit, but now somebody
else expects it to be a blob", which is all that we can reliably say.
And the next step really ought to be running "git fsck" to figure out
what is going on (and we should perhaps even say so via advise()).

-Peff

  parent reply index

Thread overview: 142+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2005-06-22  0:33 [PATCH 0/2] Pull objects of various types Daniel Barkalow
2005-06-22  0:35 ` [PATCH 1/2] Parse tags for absent objects Daniel Barkalow
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 0/7] improve reporting of unexpected objects Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13     ` [PATCH v2 00/10] " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 01/10] object.c: stop supporting len == -1 in type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  5:35         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-28 15:46           ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28 18:25             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-22 18:09               ` Felipe Contreras
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 02/10] object.c: refactor type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 03/10] object.c: make type_from_string() return "enum object_type" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 04/10] object-file.c: make oid_object_info() " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 05/10] object-name.c: make dependency on object_type order more obvious Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 06/10] tree.c: fix misindentation in parse_tree_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 07/10] object.c: add a utility function for "expected type X, got Y" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 08/10] object.c: add and use oid_is_type_or_die_msg() function Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 09/10] object tests: add test for unexpected objects in tags Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  2:13       ` [PATCH v2 10/10] tag: don't misreport type of tagged objects in errors Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-30  5:50         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-31 11:02           ` Jeff King
2021-03-31 18:05             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-31 18:31             ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-31 18:59               ` Jeff King
2021-03-31 20:46                 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01  7:54                   ` Jeff King
2021-04-01  8:32                     ` [PATCH] ref-filter: fix NULL check for parse object failure Jeff King
2021-04-01 13:56                       ` [PATCH v2 0/5] mktag tests & fix for-each-ref segfault Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01 13:56                         ` [PATCH v2 1/5] mktag tests: parse out options in helper Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01 13:56                         ` [PATCH v2 2/5] mktag tests: invert --no-strict test Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01 13:56                         ` [PATCH v2 3/5] mktag tests: do fsck on failure Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01 13:56                         ` [PATCH v2 4/5] mktag tests: test for maybe segfaulting for-each-ref Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01 13:56                         ` [PATCH v2 5/5] ref-filter: fix NULL check for parse object failure Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-01 19:19                           ` Ramsay Jones
2021-04-01 19:56                         ` [PATCH v2 0/5] mktag tests & fix for-each-ref segfault Junio C Hamano
2021-04-02 11:37                           ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-02 20:51                             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-01 19:52                       ` [PATCH] ref-filter: fix NULL check for parse object failure Junio C Hamano
2021-03-31 18:41             ` [PATCH v2 10/10] tag: don't misreport type of tagged objects in errors Junio C Hamano
2021-03-31 19:00               ` Jeff King
2021-03-28  9:27       ` Jeff King [this message]
2021-03-29 13:34         ` [PATCH v2 00/10] improve reporting of unexpected objects Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-31 10:43           ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:07       ` [PATCH 0/2] blob/object.c: trivial readability improvements Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:07         ` [PATCH 1/2] blob.c: remove buffer & size arguments to parse_blob_buffer() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 17:51           ` Jeff King
2021-04-09 22:31             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-10 12:57             ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-10 13:01               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-13  8:25               ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:07         ` [PATCH 2/2] object.c: initialize automatic variable in lookup_object() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 17:53           ` Jeff King
2021-04-09 22:32             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-09  8:32         ` [PATCH 0/6] {tag,object}*.c: refactorings + prep for a larger change Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:32           ` [PATCH 1/6] object.c: stop supporting len == -1 in type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 18:06             ` Jeff King
2021-04-09 18:10               ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:32           ` [PATCH 2/6] object.c: remove "gently" argument to type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 18:10             ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:32           ` [PATCH 3/6] object.c: make type_from_string() return "enum object_type" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 18:14             ` Jeff King
2021-04-09 19:42               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 21:29                 ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:32           ` [PATCH 4/6] object-file.c: make oid_object_info() " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 18:24             ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:32           ` [PATCH 5/6] object-name.c: make dependency on object_type order more obvious Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 18:36             ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:32           ` [PATCH 6/6] tag.c: use type_from_string_gently() when parsing tags Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09 18:42             ` Jeff King
2021-04-09  8:49           ` [PATCH 0/7] object.c: add and use "is expected" utility function + object_as_type() use Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:49             ` [PATCH 1/7] tree.c: fix misindentation in parse_tree_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:49             ` [PATCH 2/7] object.c: add a utility function for "expected type X, got Y" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:49             ` [PATCH 3/7] object.c: add and use oid_is_type_or_die_msg() function Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:49             ` [PATCH 4/7] commit-graph: use obj->type, not object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:50             ` [PATCH 5/7] commit.c: don't use deref_tag() -> object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:50             ` [PATCH 6/7] object.c: normalize brace style in object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-09  8:50             ` [PATCH 7/7] object.c: remove "quiet" parameter from object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:36             ` [PATCH v2 0/8] object.c: add and use "is expected" utility function + object_as_type() use Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 1/8] tree.c: fix misindentation in parse_tree_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 2/8] object.c: add a utility function for "expected type X, got Y" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-21 22:02                 ` Jonathan Tan
2021-04-22  6:10                   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 3/8] object.c: add and use oid_is_type_or_die_msg() function Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-21 22:07                 ` Jonathan Tan
2021-04-21 23:28                 ` Josh Steadmon
2021-04-28  4:12                   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 4/8] commit-graph: use obj->type, not object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 5/8] branch tests: assert lookup_commit_reference_gently() error Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 6/8] commit.c: don't use deref_tag() -> object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-21 22:26                 ` Jonathan Tan
2021-04-20 13:36               ` [PATCH v2 7/8] object.c: normalize brace style in object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:37               ` [PATCH v2 8/8] object.c: remove "quiet" parameter from object_as_type() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00           ` [PATCH v2 00/10] {tag,object}*.c: refactorings + prep for a larger change Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 01/10] object.c: stop supporting len == -1 in type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 02/10] object.c: remove "gently" argument to type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 03/10] object.c: make type_from_string() return "enum object_type" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 04/10] object-file.c: make oid_object_info() " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 05/10] object-name.c: make dependency on object_type order more obvious Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 06/10] tag.c: use type_from_string_gently() when parsing tags Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 07/10] hash-object: pass along type length to object.c Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 08/10] hash-object: refactor nested else/if/if into else if/else if Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 09/10] hash-object: show usage on invalid --type Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 13:00             ` [PATCH v2 10/10] object.c: move type_from_string() code to its last user Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 12:50         ` [PATCH v2 00/10] object.c et al: tests, small bug fixes etc Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 01/10] cat-file tests: test for bogus type name handling Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-29  4:15             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 02/10] hash-object tests: more detailed test for invalid type Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 03/10] mktree tests: add test for invalid object type Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 04/10] object-file.c: take type id, not string, in read_object_with_reference() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-29  4:37             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 05/10] {commit,tree,blob,tag}.c: add a create_{commit,tree,blob,tag}() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-29  4:45             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-29 12:01               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 06/10] blob.c: remove parse_blob_buffer() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-29  4:51             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 07/10] object.c: simplify return semantic of parse_object_buffer() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 08/10] object.c: don't go past "len" under die() in type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-29  4:55             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 09/10] mktree: stop setting *ntr++ to NIL Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-04-29  5:01             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-20 12:50           ` [PATCH v2 10/10] mktree: emit a more detailed error when the <type> is invalid Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 1/7] object.c: refactor type_from_string_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-08 20:52     ` Taylor Blau
2021-03-09 10:46     ` Jeff King
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 2/7] object.c: make type_from_string() return "enum object_type" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-08 20:56     ` Taylor Blau
2021-03-08 21:48     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 3/7] oid_object_info(): " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-08 21:54     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-08 22:32       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-09 10:34     ` Jeff King
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 4/7] tree.c: fix misindentation in parse_tree_gently() Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 5/7] object.c: add a utility function for "expected type X, got Y" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-08 20:59     ` Taylor Blau
2021-03-08 22:15     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 6/7] object tests: add test for unexpected objects in tags Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-09 10:44     ` Jeff King
2021-03-28  1:35       ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-28  9:06         ` Jeff King
2021-03-28 15:39           ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-03-29  9:16             ` Jeff King
2021-03-08 20:04   ` [PATCH 7/7] tag: don't misreport type of tagged objects in errors Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2005-06-22  0:35 ` [PATCH 2/2] Pull misc objects Daniel Barkalow

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