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From: Jeff King <>
To: Elijah Newren <>
Cc: "brian m. carlson" <>,
	Jason Gore <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: Git clean enumerates ignored directories (since 2.27)
Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 23:25:54 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Thu, May 06, 2021 at 07:31:40PM -0700, Elijah Newren wrote:

> On alpine linux-musl, I get an "error: Tests passed but test cleanup
> failed; aborting", which makes it report as a failed build.  I'm not
> sure how to fix it and am asking for ideas.
> Apparently the deeply nested directory hierarchy cannot be removed on
> that platform with a simple "rm -rf $dirname".  It throws a "rm: can't
> stat '/__w/git/git/t/trash
> directory.t7300-clean/avoid-traversing-deep-hierarchy/directory400/directory399/directory398/.....(you
> get the idea)....': Filename too long" error message.[1]
> Adding a "test_when_finished find directory400 -delete" also gives a
> "Filename too long" message followed by a lot of "Directory not empty"
> messages.[2]
> Anyone have any bright ideas about how to tweak this test?  See [3]
> for the current incarnation of the code, which was basically taken
> from Brian's sample testcase.

My guess is that that version of "rm" is trying to feed the entire
pathname directly to unlink() and rmdir(), and it exceeds PATH_MAX.

Even with GNU tools, for instance, I get:

  $ rmdir $(find avoid-traversing-deep-hierarchy -type d | tail -1)
  rmdir: failed to remove 'avoid-traversing-deep-hierarchy/directory400/
    [...and so on...]/directory1': File name too long

because it feeds the whole to a single rmdir() call. Whereas stracing
GNU "rm -rf", it uses unlinkat() and openat() to delete each level
individually (probably to avoid this exact problem).

Is the actual path length important, or just the depth? If the latter,
then calling it "d400/d399/.../d2/d1" would likely help, as that's less
than 2000 bytes.


  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-07  3:25 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-14 17:17 Jason Gore
2021-04-14 22:56 ` brian m. carlson
2021-04-15  8:51   ` Jeff King
2021-04-22 17:18     ` Jason Gore
2021-04-22 17:24       ` Elijah Newren
2021-05-07  4:08       ` Elijah Newren
2021-05-07  2:31     ` Elijah Newren
2021-05-07  3:25       ` Jeff King [this message]
2021-05-07  3:43         ` Jeff King
2021-05-07  3:44         ` Elijah Newren

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