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From: "René Scharfe" <l.s.r@web.de>
To: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
Cc: "Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget" <gitgitgadget@gmail.com>,
	git@vger.kernel.org, "Taylor Blau" <me@ttaylorr.com>,
	"Derrick Stolee" <stolee@gmail.com>,
	"Elijah Newren" <newren@gmail.com>,
	rsbecker@nexbridge.com,
	"Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <avarab@gmail.com>,
	"Johannes Schindelin" <johannes.schindelin@gmx.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 1/7] archive: optionally add "virtual" files
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 19:02:09 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <71ae5983-6ef8-fe28-46ab-1675e819ce8b@web.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <xmqqfskwxd6j.fsf@gitster.g>

Am 26.05.22 um 22:16 schrieb Junio C Hamano:
> René Scharfe <l.s.r@web.de> writes:
>
>> diff --git a/Documentation/git-archive.txt b/Documentation/git-archive.txt
>> index bc4e76a783..10a48ab5f8 100644
>> --- a/Documentation/git-archive.txt
>> +++ b/Documentation/git-archive.txt
>> @@ -49,7 +49,9 @@ OPTIONS
>>  	Report progress to stderr.
>>
>>  --prefix=<prefix>/::
>> -	Prepend <prefix>/ to each filename in the archive.
>> +	Prepend <prefix>/ to each filename in the archive.  Can be
>> +	specified multiple times; the last one seen when reading from
>> +	left to right is applied.
>
> That can be read to mean that we will use C consistently,
>
> $ cmd --prefix=A other-args --prefix=B other-args --prefix=C other-args
>
> which was what I am worried to be a source of confusion.
>
>>  -o <file>::
>>  --output=<file>::
>> @@ -58,8 +60,8 @@ OPTIONS
>>  --add-file=<file>::
>>  	Add a non-tracked file to the archive.  Can be repeated to add
>>  	multiple files.  The path of the file in the archive is built
>> -	by concatenating the value for `--prefix` (if any) and the
>> -	basename of <file>.
>> +	by concatenating the current value for `--prefix` (if any) and
>> +	the basename of <file>.
>
> "the current value for `--prefix` (if any)" would work well once we
> somehow make the reader form a mental model that there is "the
> current" for the "prefix", which starts with an empty string, and
> gets updated every time the "--prefix=<prefix>/" option is given.

Right, "current" has a well-known meaning, but its not enough to convey
that the non-standard concept of capturing option values in the middle of
the argument list is used here.

>
> So, perhaps with
>
> 	--prefix=<prefix>/::
> 		The paths of the files in the tree being archived,
> 		and untracked contents added via the `--add-file`
> 		and `--add-virtual-file` options, can be modified by
> 		prepending the "prefix" value that is in effect when
> 		these options or the tree object is seen on the
> 		command line.  The "prefix" value initially starts
> 		as an empty string, and it gets updated every time
> 		this option is given on the command line.
>
> or something like that, with something like
>
>> +	by concatenating the current value for "prefix" (see `--prefix`
>> +	above) and the basename of <file>.
>
> here, it might make it less misunderstanding-prone, hopefully?

So how about this, which avoids mentioning the idea of a "current"
option, or of updating its value (which implies an order that might not
be obvious)?

--- >8 ---
Subject: [PATCH v2] archive: improve documentation of --prefix

Document the interaction between --add-file and --prefix by giving an
example.

Signed-off-by: René Scharfe <l.s.r@web.de>
---
 Documentation/git-archive.txt | 15 ++++++++++++---
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-archive.txt b/Documentation/git-archive.txt
index bc4e76a783..9c0e306c03 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-archive.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-archive.txt
@@ -49,7 +49,9 @@ OPTIONS
 	Report progress to stderr.

 --prefix=<prefix>/::
-	Prepend <prefix>/ to each filename in the archive.
+	Prepend <prefix>/ to paths in the archive.  Can be repeated; its
+	leftmost value is used for all tracked files.  See below which
+	value gets used by `--add-file`.

 -o <file>::
 --output=<file>::
@@ -58,8 +60,9 @@ OPTIONS
 --add-file=<file>::
 	Add a non-tracked file to the archive.  Can be repeated to add
 	multiple files.  The path of the file in the archive is built
-	by concatenating the value for `--prefix` (if any) and the
-	basename of <file>.
+	by concatenating the value of the leftmost `--prefix` option to
+	the right of this `--add-file` (if any) and the basename of
+	<file>.

 --worktree-attributes::
 	Look for attributes in .gitattributes files in the working tree
@@ -194,6 +197,12 @@ EXAMPLES
 	commit on the current branch. Note that the output format is
 	inferred by the extension of the output file.

+`git archive -o latest.tar --prefix=build/ --add-file=configure --prefix= HEAD`::
+
+	Creates a tar archive that contains the contents of the latest
+	commit on the current branch with no prefix and the untracked
+	file 'configure' with the prefix 'build/'.
+
 `git config tar.tar.xz.command "xz -c"`::

 	Configure a "tar.xz" format for making LZMA-compressed tarfiles.
--
2.35.3


  reply	other threads:[~2022-05-27 17:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 140+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-26  8:41 [PATCH 0/5] scalar: implement the subcommand "diagnose" Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-01-26  8:41 ` [PATCH 1/5] Implement `scalar diagnose` Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-01-26  9:34   ` René Scharfe
2022-01-26 22:20     ` Taylor Blau
2022-02-06 21:34       ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-01-27 19:38   ` Elijah Newren
2022-01-26  8:41 ` [PATCH 2/5] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-01-26  8:41 ` [PATCH 3/5] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-01-26 22:43   ` Taylor Blau
2022-01-27 15:14     ` Derrick Stolee
2022-02-06 21:38       ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-01-26  8:41 ` [PATCH 4/5] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-01-26 22:50   ` Taylor Blau
2022-01-27 15:17     ` Derrick Stolee
2022-01-27 18:59   ` Elijah Newren
2022-02-06 21:25     ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-01-26  8:41 ` [PATCH 5/5] scalar diagnose: show a spinner while staging content Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-01-27 15:19 ` [PATCH 0/5] scalar: implement the subcommand "diagnose" Derrick Stolee
2022-02-06 21:13   ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-02-06 22:39 ` [PATCH v2 0/6] " Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-02-06 22:39   ` [PATCH v2 1/6] archive: optionally add "virtual" files Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-02-07 19:55     ` René Scharfe
2022-02-07 23:30       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-08 13:12         ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-02-08 17:44           ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-08 20:58             ` René Scharfe
2022-02-09 22:48               ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-10 19:10                 ` René Scharfe
2022-02-10 19:23                   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-11 19:16                     ` René Scharfe
2022-02-11 21:27                       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-12  9:12                         ` René Scharfe
2022-02-13  6:25                           ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-13  9:02                             ` René Scharfe
2022-02-14 17:22                               ` Junio C Hamano
2022-02-08 12:54       ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-02-06 22:39   ` [PATCH v2 2/6] scalar: validate the optional enlistment argument Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-02-06 22:39   ` [PATCH v2 3/6] Implement `scalar diagnose` Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-02-07 19:55     ` René Scharfe
2022-02-08 12:08       ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-02-06 22:39   ` [PATCH v2 4/6] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-02-06 22:39   ` [PATCH v2 5/6] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-02-06 22:39   ` [PATCH v2 6/6] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25   ` [PATCH v3 0/7] scalar: implement the subcommand "diagnose" Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 1/7] archive: optionally add "virtual" files Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 2/7] archive --add-file-with-contents: allow paths containing colons Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-07  2:06       ` Elijah Newren
2022-05-09 21:04         ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 3/7] scalar: validate the optional enlistment argument Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 4/7] Implement `scalar diagnose` Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 5/7] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 6/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-04 15:25     ` [PATCH v3 7/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-07  2:23     ` [PATCH v3 0/7] scalar: implement the subcommand "diagnose" Elijah Newren
2022-05-10 19:26     ` [PATCH v4 " Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-10 19:26       ` [PATCH v4 1/7] archive: optionally add "virtual" files Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-10 21:48         ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-10 22:06           ` rsbecker
2022-05-10 23:21             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-11 16:14               ` René Scharfe
2022-05-11 19:27                 ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-12 16:16                   ` René Scharfe
2022-05-12 18:15                     ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-12 21:31                       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-14  7:06                         ` René Scharfe
2022-05-12 22:31           ` [PATCH] fixup! " Junio C Hamano
2022-05-10 19:26       ` [PATCH v4 2/7] archive --add-file-with-contents: allow paths containing colons Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-10 21:56         ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-10 22:23           ` rsbecker
2022-05-19 18:12             ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-19 18:09           ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-19 18:44             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-10 19:27       ` [PATCH v4 3/7] scalar: validate the optional enlistment argument Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-17 14:51         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-18 17:35           ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-20  7:30             ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-20 15:55               ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-21  9:54                 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-22  5:50                   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-24 12:25                     ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-24 18:11                       ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-24 19:29                         ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-25 10:31                           ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-10 19:27       ` [PATCH v4 4/7] Implement `scalar diagnose` Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-17 14:53         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-10 19:27       ` [PATCH v4 5/7] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-10 19:27       ` [PATCH v4 6/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-10 19:27       ` [PATCH v4 7/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-17 15:03       ` [PATCH v4 0/7] scalar: implement the subcommand "diagnose" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-17 15:28         ` rsbecker
2022-05-19 18:17           ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-19 18:17       ` [PATCH v5 " Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 18:17         ` [PATCH v5 1/7] archive: optionally add "virtual" files Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-20 14:41           ` René Scharfe
2022-05-20 16:21             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-19 18:17         ` [PATCH v5 2/7] archive --add-file-with-contents: allow paths containing colons Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 18:17         ` [PATCH v5 3/7] scalar: validate the optional enlistment argument Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 18:18         ` [PATCH v5 4/7] Implement `scalar diagnose` Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 18:18         ` [PATCH v5 5/7] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 18:18         ` [PATCH v5 6/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 18:18         ` [PATCH v5 7/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-19 19:23         ` [PATCH v5 0/7] scalar: implement the subcommand "diagnose" Junio C Hamano
2022-05-21 15:08         ` [PATCH v6 " Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 1/7] archive: optionally add "virtual" files Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-25 21:11             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-26  9:09               ` René Scharfe
2022-05-26 17:10                 ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-26 18:57                   ` René Scharfe
2022-05-26 20:16                     ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-27 17:02                       ` René Scharfe [this message]
2022-05-27 19:01                         ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-28  6:57                           ` René Scharfe
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 2/7] archive --add-virtual-file: allow paths containing colons Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-25 20:22             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-25 21:42               ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-25 22:34                 ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 3/7] scalar: validate the optional enlistment argument Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 4/7] Implement `scalar diagnose` Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 5/7] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 6/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-21 15:08           ` [PATCH v6 7/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Matthew John Cheetham via GitGitGadget
2022-05-28 23:11           ` [PATCH v6+ 0/7] js/scalar-diagnose rebased Junio C Hamano
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 1/7] archive: optionally add "virtual" files Junio C Hamano
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 2/7] archive --add-virtual-file: allow paths containing colons Junio C Hamano
2022-06-15 18:16               ` Adam Dinwoodie
2022-06-15 20:00                 ` Junio C Hamano
2022-06-15 21:36                   ` Adam Dinwoodie
2022-06-18 20:19                     ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-06-18 22:05                       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-06-20  9:41                       ` Adam Dinwoodie
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 3/7] scalar: validate the optional enlistment argument Junio C Hamano
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 4/7] scalar: implement `scalar diagnose` Junio C Hamano
2022-06-10  2:08               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-06-10 16:44                 ` Junio C Hamano
2022-06-10 17:35                   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 5/7] scalar diagnose: include disk space information Junio C Hamano
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 6/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather packfile info Junio C Hamano
2022-05-28 23:11             ` [PATCH v6+ 7/7] scalar: teach `diagnose` to gather loose objects information Junio C Hamano
2022-05-30 10:12             ` [PATCH v6+ 0/7] js/scalar-diagnose rebased Johannes Schindelin
2022-05-30 17:37               ` Junio C Hamano

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