From: Junio C Hamano <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Philip Oakley <email@example.com> Cc: "Dr. Adam Nielsen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com Subject: Re: [PATCH] make slash-rules more readable Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:01:19 -0700 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (raw) In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> (Philip Oakley's message of "Sat, 1 Jun 2019 10:33:33 +0100") Philip Oakley <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > From a user perspective, implementation issues shouldn't be part of > the description unless absolutely essential. > Most user aren't aware of the implementation so don't grok/understand > what the fuss is about and ignore it... Oh, absolutely. But unfortunately I do not see what that principle has anything to do with the comments you made in your message. >> Specifically, if you took my suggestion in an earlier review to >> explicitly say that leading slash is merely a workaround for a >> string without slash to anchor the pattern to the directory and >> it should be treated as if it does not exist otherwise, then ... Perhaps you thought "workaround" refers to some implementation glitch? That is not what the word means in that sentence. It is a technique to work around "you need a slash somewhere in the pattern to anchor it to a specific directory" that is a very user visible design. The user absolutely need to be aware of it, if s/he wants to anchor a pattern that does not have a slash (e.g. "I need a pattern to name/match the README file at this level but not in any of the subdirectories"), and an extra leading slash is a way to mark such a pattern that otherwise does not have a slash as anchored. The fact that the leading slash is such a syntactic marking of a pattern *and* is not a part of the pattern itself, would not help you understand the implementation, but you need to know it in order to use that feature effectively. >>> + - The pattern `doc/frotz` and `/doc/frotz` have the same effect >>> + in any `.gitignore` file. Both pattern contain a non-trailing >>> + slash and thus match relative to the location of the >>> + `.gitignore` file. >> ... this paragraph wouldn't have been necessary. > ...leading to that user mistake having to be explained in numerous Q&A > threads - Why can't we an explicit explanation of this common user > mistake? > Arguably the issue is the special trailing slash rule getting > users confused.. What common user mistake? The above is about leading slash rule, by the way, so perhaps you are getting confused?
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