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From: Stefan Beller <>
To: Antonio Ospite <>
Cc: git <>, Brandon Williams <>,
	Daniel Graña <>,
	Jonathan Nieder <>,
	Richard Hartmann <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 00/10] Make submodules work if .gitmodules is not checked out
Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 18:14:04 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Antonio,

thanks for sending this series! Happy to review it!

>   - my git terminology may still be a little off: do "work tree" and
>     "work directory" mean the same thing?

Back in the old days, you had a "worktree" which is a directory where
things are checked out and you modify files. It sort of the opposite of the
"git directory", which git uses to store all its information.

Then quite some time later, the command git-worktree was invented.
Now we had 2 things with the same name, which is unfortunate.
But as the command git-worktree added more of these directories
that you could work in, the name collision was not apparent.

Later when people noticed the subtle difference between the
command and the thing on the file system, consensus seemed to be
that the thing on the file system should rather be called "working tree"
such that it sounds very similar but is distinguishable from the command.

However the outcome of the discussion did not yield a bi&complete
refactoring of the code base, such that there are still places with "worktree"
referring to the thing on the FS, "working trees".

I am not aware that "working directory" is an official term we use in
any documentation for Git, but it sounds like you mean a "working tree".
(From a point of view not based on the version control, "working directory"
may sound more correct, note however as the directories in Git are
named trees, the working "tree" sounds as if you can make changes to
Git trees, ... which you can. :) )

> If anyone wanted to pick up and finish the work feel free to do so,
> otherwise please comment and I'll try to address issues as time permits.

First let's review this series. :)


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Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-05-14 10:58 Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 01/10] config: make config_from_gitmodules generally useful Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 18:19   ` Brandon Williams
2018-06-20 18:04     ` Antonio Ospite
2018-05-15  1:05   ` Stefan Beller
2018-06-20 18:06     ` Antonio Ospite
2018-06-20 19:10       ` Stefan Beller
2018-06-21 13:54         ` Antonio Ospite
2018-06-21 18:53           ` Stefan Beller
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 02/10] submodule: factor out a config_gitmodules_set function Antonio Ospite
2018-05-15  1:20   ` Stefan Beller
2018-06-20 18:41     ` Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 03/10] t7411: be nicer to other tests and really clean things up Antonio Ospite
2018-05-15  1:23   ` Stefan Beller
2018-06-20 21:16     ` Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 04/10] submodule--helper: add a new 'config' subcommand Antonio Ospite
2018-05-15  1:33   ` Stefan Beller
2018-06-20 21:32     ` Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 05/10] submodule: use the 'submodule--helper config' command Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 06/10] submodule--helper: add a '--stage' option to the 'config' sub command Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 07/10] submodule: use 'submodule--helper config --stage' to stage .gitmodules Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 08/10] t7506: cleanup .gitmodules properly before setting up new scenario Antonio Ospite
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 09/10] submodule: support reading .gitmodules even when it's not checked out Antonio Ospite
2018-05-15  1:45   ` Stefan Beller
2018-05-14 10:58 ` [RFC PATCH 10/10] t7415: add new test about using HEAD:.gitmodules from the index Antonio Ospite
2018-05-15  1:14 ` Stefan Beller [this message]
2018-05-15  4:09 ` [RFC PATCH 00/10] Make submodules work if .gitmodules is not checked out Junio C Hamano

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