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From: Martin Ågren <>
To: Оля Тележная  <>
Cc: git <>
Subject: Re: [RFC 0/4] ref-filter: remove printing from formatting logic
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:26:23 +0100
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In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Olga

On 13 March 2018 at 11:25, Оля Тележная <> wrote:
> The main idea of the patch is, if you want to format the output by
> ref-filter, you should have an ability to work with errors by yourself
> if you want to.
> So I decided not to touch signature of show_ref_array_item(), but to
> move all printing (I mean errors) to it. So that we could invoke
> format_ref_array_item() and be sure that we cold handle errors by
> ourselves.
> The patch is not finished, but I decided to show it to you. There are
> still many places where we could die in the middle of formatting
> process. But, if you like the general idea, I will finish and re-send
> it.
> Another question is about verify_ref_format(). Do we need to allow its
> users also to manage errors by themselves? I left the old scenario,
> printing everything in verify_ref_format() and die. If you have better
> ideas, please share them.

I think it is a good idea to stop die-ing in "libgit". This seems like a
good way of achieving that, or isolating the issue. Do you have any
particular use-case for this, i.e., are you setting up the stage for a
patch "5" where you add a new user of one of these?

I do wonder whether a helper function to call strbuf_addstr() and return
-1 would be a good idea though. I mentioned it in patch 2, then with
patches 3 and 4, it started to seem like a reasonably good idea. It
would be a shame if this sort of "boilerplate" for handling errors could
have an impact on code clarity / obviousness.

Another issue is whether passing NULL for an error-strbuf should be a
way of saying "I don't care; die() so I do not have to". Well, right now
I guess passing NULL would indeed terminate the program. ;-) Such a
construct might be another reason for providing error_strbuf_addstr()...
Of course, it also means we keep die-ing in libgit..

I feel I'm just talking out loud. Maybe you find my input useful.


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2018-03-13 10:25 Оля Тележная
2018-03-13 19:26 ` Martin Ågren [this message]
2018-03-14 13:44   ` Оля Тележная

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