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From: Linus Torvalds <>
To: Johannes Schindelin <>
Cc: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <>,
	Johannes Sixt <>,
	Git Mailing List <>,
	Junio C Hamano <>,
	Daniel Jacques <>,
	Steffen Prohaska <>,
	John Keeping <>, Stan Hu <>,
	Richard Clamp <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/3] Makefile: optionally symlink libexec/git-core binaries to bin/git
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:21:29 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <nycvar.QRO.>

On Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 04:34 Johannes Schindelin
<> wrote:
> This is a real problem.

No it isn't.

We already handle those special cases specially, and install them in
the bin directory (as opposed to libexec). And it all works fine.

Look into the bin directory some day. You'll find things like


there, and the fact that a couple of them happen to be built-ins is an
IMPLEMENTATION DETAIL, not a "Oh we should have used just 'git' for

The design of having separate programs is the *good* conceptual
design. And we damn well should keep it for these things that are used
for special purposes.

The fact that two of them have become built-ins as part of the git
binary is incidental. It shouldn't be visible in the names, because it
really is just an internal implementation thing, not anything

> And it is our own darned fault because we let an
> implementation detail bleed into a protocol. We could have designed that a
> lot better.

And by "we" you clearly mean "not you", and by "we could have designed
that a lot better" you must mean "and it was very well designed by
competent people who didn't use bad operating systems".

> Of course we should fix this, though. There is literally no good reason

Go away.

We shouldn't fix it, it's all fine as-is, and there were tons of
f*cking good reasons for why git did what it did. The main one being
"it's a collection of scripts", which was what git _was_, for
chrissake. And using spaces and running some idiotic and
hard-to-verify script de-multiplexer is the WRONG THING for things
like "git-shell" and "git-receive-pack" and friends.

Right now you can actually verify exactly what "git-shell" does. Or
you could replace - or remove - it entirely if you don't like it. And
never have to worry about running "git" with some "shell" subcommand.

And you know that it's not an alias, for example.  Because "git-xyz"
simply does not look up aliases.

So really. Go away, Johannes. Your concerns are complete and utter BS.

The real problem is that Windows is badly designed, but since it's
easy to work around (by using hard-linking on Windows), nobody sane

The solution is simple, and was already suggested: use symlinks (like
we used to!) on non-windows systems. End of story.

And for the libexec thing, we might want to deprecate those names, if
somebody wants to, but it's not like it actually hurts, and it gives
backwards compatibility.

Btw, real Windows people know all about backwards compatibility. Ask
around competent people inside MS whether it's an important thing.

So stop this idiotic "bad design" crap. Somebody working on Windows
simply can't afford your attitude.

Somebody who didn't design it in the first place can't afford your attitude.


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Thread overview: 53+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-03-06 23:34 What's cooking in git.git (Mar 2018, #02; Tue, 6) Junio C Hamano
2018-03-07 12:34 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-08  9:22   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-08 13:12     ` Daniel Jacques
2018-03-13 12:36       ` Why don't we symlink libexec/git-core/* to bin/git? Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 18:36         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-03-13 19:32           ` Randall S. Becker
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 0/3] Makefile: add a INSTALL_SYMLINKS option Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 1/3] Makefile: fix broken bindir_relative variable Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 2/3] Makefile: add a gitexecdir_relative variable Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 3/3] Makefile: optionally symlink libexec/git-core binaries to bin/git Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-14  7:20             ` Johannes Sixt
2018-03-14 10:14               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-14 17:21                 ` Linus Torvalds
2018-03-15 17:05                   ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-15 17:42                     ` Linus Torvalds
2018-03-16 11:48                       ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-16 12:43                         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-19 11:34                           ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-19 21:21                             ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2018-11-02 22:37                           ` [RFC/PATCH 0/5] stop installing old libexec aliases like "git-init" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-03  1:17                             ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-05 11:36                               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-12 13:33                             ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-11-16 10:38                             ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-16 16:00                               ` Michael Haggerty
2018-11-16 19:22                                 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-17  6:39                                   ` Jeff King
2018-11-22 12:48                                     ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-11-22 16:06                                       ` Jeff King
2018-11-23 11:19                                         ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-11-02 22:37                           ` [RFC/PATCH 1/5] Makefile: move long inline shell loops in "install" into helper Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-04  1:09                             ` Eric Sunshine
2018-11-12 14:03                             ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-11-12 14:42                               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-12 16:32                                 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-11-16 10:32                                   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-02 22:37                           ` [RFC/PATCH 2/5] Makefile: conform some of the code to our coding standards Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-02 22:37                           ` [RFC/PATCH 3/5] Makefile: stop hiding failures during "install" Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-02 22:37                           ` [RFC/PATCH 4/5] Makefile: add NO_INSTALL_SYMLINKS_FALLBACK switch Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-04  1:01                             ` Eric Sunshine
2018-11-02 22:37                           ` [RFC/PATCH 5/5] Makefile: Add a NO_INSTALL_BUILTIN_EXECDIR_ALIASES flag Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-11-04  1:04                             ` Eric Sunshine
2018-11-12 14:14                             ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-15 17:03               ` [PATCH 3/3] Makefile: optionally symlink libexec/git-core binaries to bin/git Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-14 10:18         ` Why don't we symlink libexec/git-core/* to bin/git? Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-14 16:07           ` Junio C Hamano
2018-03-15 17:16             ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-16 17:29               ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-30  8:59                 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-09  6:15 ` What's cooking in git.git (Mar 2018, #02; Tue, 6) Martin Ågren
2018-03-09  9:54   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-09 17:19   ` Junio C Hamano

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