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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Shourya Shukla <>
	Javier Mora <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/1] rm: stage submodule removal from '.gitmodules' when using '--cached'
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:29:46 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <xmqqo8gb7vf9.fsf@gitster.g> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Shourya Shukla's message of "Mon, 22 Feb 2021 22:56:23 +0530")

Shourya Shukla <> writes:

> +	if (git_config_rename_section_in_file(index_only ? GITMODULES_INDEX :
> +					      GITMODULES_FILE, sect.buf, NULL) < 0) {

Also, is it really sufficient to pass GITMODULES_INDEX as the first
argument to this function to tweak what is in the index?

git_config_copy_or_rename_section_in_file() which is the
implementation of that helper seems to always want to work with a
file that is on disk, by making unconditional calls to
hold_lock_file_for_update(), fopen(), fstat(), chmod(), etc.

So I suspect that there are much more work needed.  

It seems to me that the config editing API is one of the older and
hackier parts of the system and requires quite a lot of work to
teach it to work with anything but a on-disk file.  In the longer
term, it may be a good thing to clean it up, but I suspect that it
is way too much work for too little benefit to do so as a part of
this topic, so an easier way out for now would be to:

 - write out the .gitmodules in the index to a temporary file (learn
   how to correctly call entry.c::checkout_entry() by studying how
   builtin/checkout-index.c::checkout_file() calls it, especially to
   a temporary file with the --temp option).

 - use git_config_rename_section_in_file() on that temporary file to
   remove the section about the submodule.

 - read that temporary file back into memory and write it out as a
   blob object by calling sha1-file.c::write_object_file().

 - add that back to the index as .gitmodules (studying how
   builtin/update-index.c::add_cacheinfo() calls add_cache_entry()
   would be a good way to learn how to do this).

The working tree side can stay as is, but as I said in the earlier
message, I think you need to update the .gitmodules in the working
tree and .gitmodules in the index separately (and without doing any
equivalent of "git add .gitmodules").

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-02-22 19:32 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-02-18 18:49 [RFC][PATCH 0/2] rm: changes in the '.gitmodules' are staged after using '--cached' Shourya Shukla
2021-02-18 18:49 ` [PATCH 1/2] " Shourya Shukla
2021-02-18 20:14   ` Philippe Blain
2021-02-18 20:39     ` Philippe Blain
2021-02-19 15:19     ` Shourya Shukla
2021-02-18 22:03   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-02-19 15:24     ` Shourya Shukla
2021-02-20  3:31       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-02-18 18:49 ` [PATCH 2/2] t3600: amend test 46 to check for '.gitmodules' modification Shourya Shukla
2021-02-18 20:21   ` Philippe Blain
2021-02-22 17:26 ` [PATCH v2 0/1] rm: stage submodule removal from '.gitmodules' Shourya Shukla
2021-02-22 17:26   ` [PATCH v2 1/1] rm: stage submodule removal from '.gitmodules' when using '--cached' Shourya Shukla
2021-02-22 18:58     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-05 17:58       ` Shourya Shukla
2021-03-05 21:39         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-02-22 19:29     ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2021-03-07 16:46       ` Shourya Shukla
2021-03-07 20:29         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-09  7:13           ` Shourya Shukla
2021-03-09 20:47             ` Junio C Hamano

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