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From: Stefan Beller <>
To: Jonathan Nieder <>
Cc: Brandon Williams <>,
	Junio C Hamano <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Documentation: consolidate submodule.<name>.update
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:42:15 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 3:22 PM, Jonathan Nieder <> wrote:
> Stefan Beller wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 12:17 PM, Brandon Williams <> wrote:
>>> On 09/25, Stefan Beller wrote:
>>>> Have one place to explain the effects of setting submodule.<name>.update
>>>> instead of two.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Stefan Beller <>
>>>> ---
>>>>>> I disagree.  Actually, I think the git-config(1) blurb could just
>>>>>> point here, and that the text here ought to be clear about what
>>>>>> commands it affects and how an end user would use it.
>>>>> I tend to agree with the consolidation.
>>>> Something like this?
>>> I like the consolidation, its easier to keep up to date when its only in
>>> one place.
>> After thinking about it further, I'd like to withdraw this patch
>> for now.
>> The reason is that this would also forward point to
>> git-submodule.txt, such that we'd still have 2 places
>> in which it is explained. The current situation with explaining
>> it in 3 places is not too bad as each place hints at their specific
>> circumstance:
>> git-submodule.txt explains the values to set itself.
>> gitmodules.txt explains what the possible fields in that file are,
>>   and regarding this field it points out it is ignored in the init call.
>> config.txt: actually describe the effects of the setting.
>> I think we can keep it as-is for now.
> Sorry, I got lost.  Which state is as-is?

By as-is I refer to origin/pu.

> As a user, how do I find out what submodule.*.update is going to do
> and which commands will respect it?

The user would discover it via 'man git-config' I would assume, which
covers any config variable? It also directs to git-submodule which is
more detailed, but the text there is suitable for the casual reader.
(pu has origin/sb/doc-config-submodule-update)

> Maybe we should work on first wordsmithing the doc and then figuring
> out where it goes?  The current state of the doc with (?) three
> different texts,

such that each different text highlights each locations purpose.

> all wrong,

Care to spell out this bold claim?


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Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-09-22 21:28 [PATCH] Documentation/config: clarify the meaning of submodule.<name>.update Stefan Beller
2017-09-22 21:37 ` Jonathan Nieder
2017-09-22 22:52   ` [PATCHv2] " Stefan Beller
2017-09-22 22:58     ` Jonathan Nieder
2017-09-23 23:52       ` Junio C Hamano
2017-09-25 19:10         ` [PATCH] Documentation: consolidate submodule.<name>.update Stefan Beller
2017-09-25 19:17           ` Brandon Williams
2017-09-25 22:18             ` Stefan Beller
2017-09-25 22:22               ` Jonathan Nieder
2017-09-25 22:42                 ` Stefan Beller [this message]
2017-09-25 23:44                   ` Jonathan Nieder
2017-09-26  1:30             ` Junio C Hamano

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