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From: "Martin Ågren" <martin.agren@gmail.com>
To: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
Cc: Git Mailing List <git@vger.kernel.org>,
	"brian m . carlson" <sandals@crustytoothpaste.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] setup: drop return value from `read_repository_format()`
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 22:42:12 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAN0heSpfksXsKZrFNSaO_qitAB6gbF7QePQkuN37kAerSe2xWA@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20181219152735.GA14802@sigill.intra.peff.net>

On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 at 16:27, Jeff King <peff@peff.net> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 08:25:26AM +0100, Martin Ågren wrote:
>
> > No-one looks at the return value, so we might as well drop it. It's
> > still available as `format->version`.
>
> Hmm. If we have to pick one, I'd say that just returning a sane exit
> value would be the more conventional thing to do. But looking at the
> callers, many of them want to just pass the struct on to the verify
> function.
>
> That said, there is a long-standing curiosity here that we may want to
> consider: read_repository_format() does not distinguish between these
> three cases:

[snip several valuable insights]

> I dunno. This is one of those dark corners of the code where we appear
> to do the wrong thing, but nobody seems to have noticed or cared much,
> and changing it runs the risk of breaking some obscure cases. I'm not
> sure if we should bite the bullet and try to address that, or just back
> away slowly and pretend we never looked at it. ;)

That was my reaction when I first dug into this. :-/ It's only now that
I've been brave enough to even try to dig through the first layer.

> FWIW, the patch itself seems fine, and obviously doesn't make anything
> worse on its own. The question is just whether we want to do more
> cleanup here.

Well, if we do want to make more cleanups around here, one of the more
obvious ideas is to actually use the return value. If such a cleanup is
going to start with a (moral) revert of this patch, then we're probably
better off just dropping this patch.

Thanks for your thoughtful response


Martin

  reply	other threads:[~2018-12-19 21:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 40+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-12-18  7:25 [PATCH 0/3] setup: add `clear_repository_format()` Martin Ågren
2018-12-18  7:25 ` [PATCH 1/3] setup: drop return value from `read_repository_format()` Martin Ågren
2018-12-19 15:27   ` Jeff King
2018-12-19 21:42     ` Martin Ågren [this message]
2018-12-20  0:17     ` brian m. carlson
2018-12-20  2:52       ` Jeff King
2018-12-20  3:45         ` brian m. carlson
2018-12-20 14:53           ` Jeff King
2018-12-18  7:25 ` [PATCH 2/3] setup: do not use invalid `repository_format` Martin Ågren
2018-12-19  0:18   ` brian m. carlson
2018-12-19 21:43     ` Martin Ågren
2018-12-19 15:38   ` Jeff King
2018-12-19 21:46     ` Martin Ågren
2018-12-19 23:17       ` Jeff King
2018-12-20  0:21     ` brian m. carlson
2018-12-18  7:25 ` [PATCH 3/3] setup: add `clear_repository_format()` Martin Ågren
2018-12-19 15:48   ` Jeff King
2018-12-19 21:49     ` Martin Ågren
2019-01-14 18:34 ` [PATCH v2 0/3] " Martin Ågren
2019-01-14 18:34   ` [PATCH v2 1/3] setup: free old value before setting `work_tree` Martin Ågren
2019-01-14 18:34   ` [PATCH v2 2/3] setup: do not use invalid `repository_format` Martin Ågren
2019-01-15 19:31     ` Jeff King
2019-01-17  6:31       ` Martin Ågren
2019-01-22  7:07         ` Jeff King
2019-01-22 13:34           ` Martin Ågren
2019-01-22 21:45             ` [PATCH v3 0/2] setup: fix memory leaks with `struct repository_format` Martin Ågren
2019-01-22 21:45               ` [PATCH v3 1/2] setup: free old value before setting `work_tree` Martin Ågren
2019-01-22 21:45               ` [PATCH v3 2/2] setup: fix memory leaks with `struct repository_format` Martin Ågren
2019-01-23  5:57                 ` Jeff King
2019-01-24  0:14                   ` brian m. carlson
2019-01-25 19:25                     ` Martin Ågren
2019-01-25 19:24                   ` Martin Ågren
2019-01-25 19:51                     ` Jeff King
2019-02-25 19:21                       ` Martin Ågren
2019-02-26 17:46                         ` Jeff King
2019-02-28 20:36                           ` [PATCH v4 0/2] " Martin Ågren
2019-02-28 20:36                             ` [PATCH v4 1/2] setup: free old value before setting `work_tree` Martin Ågren
2019-02-28 20:36                             ` [PATCH v4 2/2] setup: fix memory leaks with `struct repository_format` Martin Ågren
2019-03-06  4:56                             ` [PATCH v4 0/2] " Jeff King
2019-01-14 18:34   ` [PATCH v2 3/3] setup: add `clear_repository_format()` Martin Ågren

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