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From: Emily Shaffer <>
Cc: Emily Shaffer <>,
	"brian m. carlson" <>
Subject: [RFC PATCH v2] prefix_path: show gitdir when arg is outside repo
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:00:13 -0800
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

When developing a script, it can be painful to understand why Git thinks
something is outside the current repo, if the current repo isn't what
the user thinks it is. Since this can be tricky to diagnose, especially
in cases like submodules or nested worktrees, let's give the user a hint
about which repository is offended about that path.

Signed-off-by: Emily Shaffer <>
As suggested by brian, print the worktree instead. See

 pathspec.c | 3 ++-
 setup.c    | 3 ++-
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/pathspec.c b/pathspec.c
index 128f27fcb7..166d255642 100644
--- a/pathspec.c
+++ b/pathspec.c
@@ -439,7 +439,8 @@ static void init_pathspec_item(struct pathspec_item *item, unsigned flags,
 		match = prefix_path_gently(prefix, prefixlen,
 					   &prefixlen, copyfrom);
 		if (!match)
-			die(_("%s: '%s' is outside repository"), elt, copyfrom);
+			die(_("%s: '%s' is outside repository at '%s'"), elt,
+			    copyfrom, absolute_path(get_git_work_tree()));
 	item->match = match;
diff --git a/setup.c b/setup.c
index 12228c0d9c..4ea7a0b081 100644
--- a/setup.c
+++ b/setup.c
@@ -121,7 +121,8 @@ char *prefix_path(const char *prefix, int len, const char *path)
 	char *r = prefix_path_gently(prefix, len, NULL, path);
 	if (!r)
-		die(_("'%s' is outside repository"), path);
+		die(_("'%s' is outside repository at '%s'"), path,
+		    absolute_path(get_git_work_tree()));
 	return r;

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Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-14 23:29 [RFC PATCH] " emilyshaffer
2020-02-15  0:02 ` brian m. carlson
2020-02-15  0:46   ` Emily Shaffer
2020-02-15  1:00 ` Emily Shaffer [this message]
2020-02-15  2:56   ` [RFC PATCH v2] " brian m. carlson
2020-02-28 19:58   ` Jonathan Nieder
2020-03-03  2:19     ` Emily Shaffer
2020-03-03  4:05     ` [PATCH] prefix_path: show gitdir if worktree unavailable Emily Shaffer
2020-03-03 17:06       ` Junio C Hamano

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