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From: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
To: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
Cc: "Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget" <gitgitgadget@gmail.com>,
	git@vger.kernel.org,
	"Johannes Schindelin" <johannes.schindelin@gmx.de>,
	마누엘 <nalla@hamal.uberspace.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] clean: explicitly `fflush` stdout
Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:51:11 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <xmqqr1wxoddc.fsf@gitster.c.googlers.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200408201454.GB2270445@coredump.intra.peff.net> (Jeff King's message of "Wed, 8 Apr 2020 16:14:54 -0400")

Jeff King <peff@peff.net> writes:

> This (and the patch) make sense to me. It might be worth factoring out a
> "read input from user" function and putting the flush there, but with
> only three affected call sites, I'm OK with it either way.
>
>>     This is yet another patch that was funneled through a Git for Windows
>>     PR. It has served us well for almost five years now, and it is beyond
>>     time that it find its final home in core Git.
>
> Agreed. I guess it didn't affect people on other platforms much because
> stdout to a terminal is generally line-buffered on POSIX systems. But
> it's better not to rely on that, plus it could create confusion if
> somebody tried to manipulate the interactive operation through a pipe
> (e.g., driving it from a GUI or something).

Hmph, I thought it was more common to do prompts etc. on the
standard error stream, which tends to make the buffering of the
output less of a problem, but apparently these prompts are given to
the standard output.  I am also OK to sprinkle fflush(stdout) but in
the longer term, it would probably be a good idea to introduce a
helper to "prompt then grab input" or "read user input" (if the
former, we'd be able to bring consistency into "which between the
standard output or the standard error does a prompt come?", and if
the latter we'd do fflush(NULL) before reading), especially if there
are many git subcommands that go interactive.

Thanks.

  reply	other threads:[~2020-04-08 21:51 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-08 19:33 Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-04-08 20:14 ` Jeff King
2020-04-08 21:51   ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2020-04-08 22:38     ` Jeff King
2020-04-10 14:03   ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-04-10 11:27 ` [PATCH v2 0/2] Explicitly fflush stdout in git clean Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 11:27   ` [PATCH v2 1/2] Refactor code asking the user for input interactively Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 12:27     ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-10 14:01       ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-04-10 15:07     ` Jeff King
2020-04-10 17:44     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-10 11:27   ` [PATCH v2 2/2] Explicitly `fflush` stdout before expecting interactive input 마누엘 via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 12:28     ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-10 18:16   ` [PATCH v3 0/2] Explicitly fflush stdout in git clean Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 18:16     ` [PATCH v3 1/2] Refactor code asking the user for input interactively Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 18:16     ` [PATCH v3 2/2] Explicitly `fflush` stdout before expecting interactive input 마누엘 via GitGitGadget

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