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From: Derrick Stolee <>
To: Emily Shaffer <>,
	Junio C Hamano <>
Subject: Re: ds/maintenance-part-3 (was Re: What's cooking in git.git (Nov 2020, #02; Mon, 9))
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2020 08:56:16 -0500	[thread overview]
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On 11/16/2020 8:07 PM, Emily Shaffer wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 04:40:35PM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> Emily Shaffer <> writes:
>>> Because 'git maintenance unregister' spins a child process to call 'git
>>> config --unset maintenance.repo <cwd>', it actually fails if "cwd"
>>> contains a POSIX regular expression special character:
>>>   git config [<file-option>] --unset name [value_regex]
>> Good find.  And it is even worse that value_regex uses ERE, not BRE,
>> which means even an otherwise innocuous letter like '+' cannot be
>> used without quoting.
> I should have mentioned in the first letter than Jonathan Nieder was the
> one who made the jump from "this is breaking in the buildbot but not
> locally" to regular expression metachars. Credit where it's due.

Thank you for finding and reporting this bug.

Can I at least have a short moment of griping about anyone putting
regex characters into their directory names? ;)

>>> You can demo it for yourself like so:
>>>   git init repro+for+maintenance
>>>   git maintenance register
>>>   git maintenance unregister
>>>   echo $?	# returns '5'
>>>   git config --list --global
>>> I see two paths forward:
>> 0. Quote the value_regex properly, instead of blindly using a value
>>    that comes from the environment.

Pulling the subcommand from my test enfironment using GIT_TRACE2_PERF=1
I see the following quotes being used:

git config --global --unset maintenance.repo "/repos/new+repo*test"

I'm guessing that what we really want is to _escape_ the regex glob
characters? This command works:

git config --global --unset maintenance.repo "/repos/new\+repo\*test"

The only place I see where we do that currently is in
builtin/sparse-checkout.c:escaped_pattern(). Please let me know if
you know of a more suitable way to escape regex characters.

>>> 1. Teach 'git config' to learn either which regex parser to use
>>> (including fixed), or at least to learn "value isn't a regex", or
>>> 2. Don't spin a child process in 'git maintenance [un]register' and
>>> instead just call the config API.
>>> I'd suggest #2. The config API is very nice, and seems to have a simple
>>> way to add or remove configs to your global file in just a couple of
>>> lines. If there's a reason why it's not simpler to do it that way, it's
>>> my fault for missing the review :)
>> My short-to-mid-term preference is to do #1 to allow a value to be
>> spelled literally (i.e. remove entry with _this_ value, and add this
>> one instead), and optionally do #2 as an optimization that is not
>> essential.  I do not offhand know how you can make #2 alone fly
>> without doing some form of #1, as I think the same value_regex that
>> ought to be ERE to specify entries to be replaced needs to be used
>> under the cover even if you use "config API" anyway.
> Ah, right you are - I had figured the regex parsing was done earlier,
> but it indeed looks to happen in
> config.c:git_config_set_multivar_in_file_gently. Thanks.

So the "real fix" is to allow a command-line option to 'git config'
that makes the "value_regex" parameter a literal string? Of course,
this would either require wiring an option down into
git_config_set_multivar_in_file_gently() to treat the string as a
literal _or_ to escape the input string in builtin/config.c.

Am I understanding the intended plan here?


  reply	other threads:[~2020-11-17 13:58 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-11-09 23:42 What's cooking in git.git (Nov 2020, #02; Mon, 9) Junio C Hamano
2020-11-10  0:44 ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-10  1:03   ` Jeff King
2020-11-10 13:31 ` ds/maintenance-part-3 (was Re: What's cooking in git.git (Nov 2020, #02; Mon, 9)) Derrick Stolee
2020-11-16 23:56   ` Emily Shaffer
2020-11-17  0:40     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-17  1:07       ` Emily Shaffer
2020-11-17 13:56         ` Derrick Stolee [this message]
2020-11-17 19:18           ` Emily Shaffer
2020-11-17 19:34           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-17 21:12             ` Derrick Stolee
2020-11-19  2:16               ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-19 13:25                 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-11-19 15:53                   ` Derrick Stolee
2020-11-19 18:06                   ` Junio C Hamano

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