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From: "brian m. carlson" <>
To: Johannes Schindelin <>
Cc:, "SZEDER Gábor" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] abspath: add a function to resolve paths with missing components
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 02:21:43 +0000	[thread overview]
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On 2020-11-09 at 13:55:53, Johannes Schindelin wrote:
> Hi brian,
> On Fri, 9 Oct 2020, brian m. carlson wrote:
> > We'd like to canonicalize paths such that we can preserve any number of
> > trailing components that may be missing.  Let's add a function to do
> > that that calls strbuf_realpath to find the canonical path for the
> > portion we do have and then append the missing part.  We adjust
> > strip_last_component to return us the component it has stripped and use
> > that to help us accumulate the missing part.
> >
> > Note that it is intentional that we invoke strbuf_realpath here,
> > repeatedly if necessary, because on Windows that function is replaced
> > with a version that uses the proper system semantics for
> > canonicalization.  Trying to adjust strbuf_realpath to perform this kind
> > of canonicalization with an additional option would fail to work
> > properly on Windows.  The present approach is equivalent to
> > strbuf_realpath for cases where the path exists, and the only other
> > cases where we will use this function the additional overhead of
> > multiple invocations is not significant.
> Thank you for being so considerate. Yes, on Windows, we use (wherever
> possible) a shortcut that tells us the canonicalized path of existing
> entries.
> Technically, it is not `strbuf_realpath()` that we override, but we take a
> shortcut _in_ that function. That's semantics, though.
> More importantly, we recently fixed a bug in our code to allow for a quirk
> in the `strbuf_realpath()` function: `strbuf_realpath()` allows the last
> path component to not exist. If that is the case, now it's time to try
> without last component.
> In a sense, this is a 1-level version of your infinite-level
> `strbuf_realpath_missing()` function.
> An idea that immediately crosses my mind is whether that level could be
> something we want to pass directly into `strbuf_realpath()` as a parameter
> (it would be 1 to imitate the current behavior and -1 for the
> infinite-level case). What do you think? Does that make sense?
> In any case, I think this `_missing()` functionality should be implemented
> a bit more tightly with the `strbuf_realpath()` function because of the
> logic that already allows the last component to be missing:
>                 if (lstat(resolved->buf, &st)) {
>                         /* error out unless this was the last component */
>                         if (errno != ENOENT || remaining.len) {
>                                 if (die_on_error)
>                                         die_errno("Invalid path '%s'",
>                                                   resolved->buf);
>                                 else
>                                         goto error_out;
>                         }
> See for the
> exact code and context.
> Seeing as we _already_ have some code to allow for _some_ missing
> component, it should be possible to extend the logic to allow for
> different levels (e.g. using `count_slashes()` if we want to allow more
> than just the last component to be missing).

Okay, if you'd prefer to do it that way, that's fine with me.  I'll
reroll with that change.
brian m. carlson (he/him or they/them)
Houston, Texas, US

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  reply	other threads:[~2020-11-16  2:26 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-10-09 19:15 [PATCH v2 0/2] rev-parse options for absolute or relative paths brian m. carlson
2020-10-09 19:15 ` [PATCH v2 1/2] abspath: add a function to resolve paths with missing components brian m. carlson
2020-10-09 21:10   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-10  1:10     ` brian m. carlson
2020-11-09 13:57       ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-11-09 13:55   ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-11-16  2:21     ` brian m. carlson [this message]
2020-10-09 19:15 ` [PATCH v2 2/2] rev-parse: add option for absolute or relative path formatting brian m. carlson
2020-11-09 14:46   ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-11-16  2:15     ` brian m. carlson
2020-11-04 23:01 ` [PATCH v2 0/2] rev-parse options for absolute or relative paths Emily Shaffer
2020-11-05  3:20   ` brian m. carlson
2020-11-09 13:33 ` Johannes Schindelin

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