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From: Jeff King <>
To: Christian Couder <>
Cc: Anders Waldenborg <>,
	Junio C Hamano <>, git <>,
	Jonathan Tan <>
Subject: Re: Questions about trailer configuration semantics
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:41:32 -0400	[thread overview]
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In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 09:07:18AM +0200, Christian Couder wrote:

> > Maybe what I'm missing is a clear picture of the different cases that
> > "git interpret-trailers" is being used in. The "--trailer x=10" option
> > seems clearly designed for human input trying to be as helpful as
> > possible (e.g always allowing '=' regardless of separators
> > configured). But when reading a message with trailers, is same
> > helpfulness useful? Or is it always only reading proper trailers
> > previously added by --trailer?
> I guess it depends on the purpose of reading a message with trailers.
> If you want to do stats for example, do you really want to consider
> "Reviewed", "Reviewer" and "Reviewed-by" as different trailers in your
> stats?

My guess would be that yes, you probably would want them to be
different. They _might_ be typos of each other, in which case
normalizing is helpful. But they might well have totally different
meanings. It will really depend on the project's use of the trailers,
and I'd expect any stats-gathering to do that kind of normalization much
later. I.e., use Git to reliably get "foo: bar" output from all of the
commits, and then count them up in a perl script or whatever, lumping
together like fields at that stage.

It's inevitable that you'll have to do some data cleanup like that
anyway. Lumping together prefixes isn't flexible enough to coverall
cases. Using trailer.*.key to manually map names covers more, but again
not all (e.g., if the project used to use "foo" but switched to "bar",
but the syntax of the value fields also changed at the same time, you'd
need to normalize those, too).

So to me it boils down to:

  - returning the data as verbatim as possible when reading existing
    trailers would give the least surprise to most people

  - real data collection is going to involve a separate post-processing
    step which is better done in a full programming language

> > There is also some inconsistency here. If one use '%(trailers) the
> > normalization doesn't happen. Only if using '%(trailers:only)' or some
> > other option.
> >
> > (because optimization in format_trailer_info:
> >  /* If we want the whole block untouched, we can take the fast path. */)
> Maybe that's a bug. Peff, it looks like you added the above comment.
> Do you think it's a bug?

The original %(trailers) was "dump the trailers block verbatim". But
that's not super useful for parsing individual trailers. So "only"
actually starts parsing the individual trailers. I'd argue that the
%(trailers) behavior is correct, but that %(trailers:only) should
probably be doing less (i.e., just parsing and reporting what it finds,
but not changing any names).


  reply	other threads:[~2020-07-28 15:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-27 16:45 Questions about trailer configuration semantics Anders Waldenborg
2020-07-27 17:18 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-07-27 18:37   ` Christian Couder
2020-07-27 19:40     ` Jeff King
2020-07-27 22:57       ` Anders Waldenborg
2020-07-27 23:42         ` Jeff King
2020-07-27 20:11     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-07-27 22:17       ` Anders Waldenborg
2020-07-27 23:05         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-07-28  0:01           ` Anders Waldenborg
2020-07-27 21:41     ` Anders Waldenborg
2020-07-27 22:53       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-07-27 23:17         ` Anders Waldenborg
2020-07-28  7:07       ` Christian Couder
2020-07-28 15:41         ` Jeff King [this message]
2020-07-28 16:40           ` Junio C Hamano

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