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From: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc:, "René Scharfe" <>,
	"Michał Kępień" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] diff: fix a segfault in >2 tree -I<regex> and --output=<file>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2022 22:17:24 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <xmqqmtf6hgae.fsf@gitster.g>

On Tue, May 24 2022, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <> writes:
>> I.e. the "right" thing to do in this case would require a much more
>> involved fix. We've somehow ended up not supporting --output=<file>, -I
>> and probably many other options in the combined-diff mode, which both in
>> testing and in this part of the implementation seems to have become an
>> afterthought.
> OK, a hopefully final question.
> How much less involved is it to add a new code (without doing
> anything in this patch)

...yeah, I think for this one it makes sense to narrowly focus on the

> to detect and die on the combination of
> combined-diff with these two options, so that we can document the
> fact that we do not support them?  It would give us much better way
> forward than leaving the command silently ignore and give result
> that is not in line with what was asked, wouldn't it?  That way, the
> much more involved "fix" will turn into a change to add a missing
> feature.

I think not much, it's rather trivial for the case where we invoke "git
diff", I.e. just adding something to the "builtin_diff_combined()"
branch in builtin/diff.c to detect these two cases specifically.

I haven't looked in any depth into how we might reach code in
combine-diff.c through other means, and if any of it can set these two
indirectly somewhere else (i.e. other things that take diff options).

I also wonder if I'm just wrong in my assessment that it's a Bad Thing
that we take some of these without ever doing anything with them in some
modes, e.g.:

	git log --oneline -I foo

This will never do anything with that "-I foo" by definition, but would
as soon as you add -p, should we error without -p (or other diff-showing

The same goes for range-diff, format-patch, --remerge-diff and any
number of other things where we take the full set of options, but only
do something with a limited subset of them.

It is helpful in some cases if we were more anal about it, e.g. when I
was wondering why -I didn't do anything with the combined diff, but also
handy for scripting and one-liners if you can tweak the command-line
back & forth without it being so strict.

So I don't know. Maybe I'm just trying to talk myself out of pulling on
that (bound to be long) thread, but I'm coming more around to this just
being a non-issue beyond the narrow and needed fix for diff_free() in

I.e. the more general approach of chasing down options that don't do
anything for a given "diff mode". We might still want to error on some
particular ones, such as -I with the combined diff (but not with
--oneline, or whatever).

  reply	other threads:[~2022-05-24 20:30 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-05-14  9:32 Bug: combined diff with --ignore-matching-lines René Scharfe
2022-05-23 18:31 ` [PATCH] diff: fix a segfault in >2 tree -I<regex> and --output=<file> Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-23 20:08   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-24 11:38     ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-24 19:38       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-24 20:17         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason [this message]
2022-06-18 11:12           ` René Scharfe
2022-06-18 11:12           ` [PATCH 1/2] combine-diff: abort if --ignore-matching-lines is given René Scharfe
2022-06-21 15:35             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-06-21 15:58               ` René Scharfe
2022-06-21 16:55                 ` Junio C Hamano
2022-06-18 11:12           ` [PATCH 2/2] combine-diff: abort if --output " René Scharfe

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