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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Jeff King <>
Cc: "Sathyajith Bhat" <>,
	"SZEDER Gábor" <>,
Subject: Re: Segfault in git when using git logs
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2020 10:31:30 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Jeff King <> writes:

> That commit causes the line-log to clear the set of pathspecs, but the
> --follow option requires exactly one pathspec (and it even makes sure
> the user gives us one, but that happens before we clear it internally).
> Something like this makes the segfault go away:
> diff --git a/line-log.c b/line-log.c
> index 42c5e41f68..f789863928 100644
> --- a/line-log.c
> +++ b/line-log.c
> @@ -847,6 +847,7 @@ static void queue_diffs(struct line_log_data *range,
>  		clear_pathspec(&opt->pathspec);
>  		parse_pathspec_from_ranges(&opt->pathspec, range);
>  	}
> +	opt->flags.follow_renames = 0;
>  	DIFF_QUEUE_CLEAR(&diff_queued_diff);
>  	diff_tree_oid(parent_tree_oid, tree_oid, "", opt);
>  	if (opt->detect_rename && diff_might_be_rename()) {
> but I'm not clear on how "--follow" and "-L" are supposed to interact. I
> wouldn't expect --follow to do anything at all with line-log (nor for it
> to be useful to specify pathspecs outside of the -L option). So possibly
> this is restoring the behavior prior to that commit, or possibly it's
> just papering over a breakage. ;)

Another option is to catch it as "these options are mutually
exclusive" error early before the control reaches this deep in the
codeflow, I would think, but I suspect that some people may
habitually add the "--follow" option in a context where it does not
make sense, so "--follow is silently ignored when other options that
contradict it is in effect at the same time" is OK by me, too.

I do not know if that is the case offhand, but in the ideal
world, I would imagine

	git log -L1,5:hello.c -C -C -- hello.c goodbye.c
	git log -L1,5:hello.c -C -C

to notice and show that some of these five lines were copied
when or after hello.c was created, and keep following the
origin of them in goodbye.c, and

	git log -L1,5:hello.c -C -C

may do the same or find better match outside goodbye.c for
the origin of these lines and follow them instead, while

	git log -L1,5:hello.c -- hello.c
	git log -L1,5:hello.c --no-renames

in the same history may say the commit that actually copied
these lines from goodbye.c just added them directly to hello.c

And to extend the imagination a bit more,

	git log -M -L1,5:hello.c
	git log -L1,5:hello.c
	git log --follow -L1,5:hello.c

in a different history may notice that hello.c was created
wholesale by renaming hola.c and follow the changes to these
five lines down the history.  As -M is in effect by default
these days, the first two would be equivalent, and "--follow"
would be a meaningless noiseword in the context of this example
where we are interested only in a single path hello.c in the
end result, but in the ideal world, meaningless noiseword
should become hardless no-op, I would think.

Of course, the above assumes that -L plays well with the
-M/-C/--follow options and pathspec.  If not, then "they are
incompatible" would be the more sensible and easy-to-explain


  reply	other threads:[~2020-11-02 18:31 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-11-02 13:59 Sathyajith Bhat
2020-11-02 14:43 ` Jeff King
2020-11-02 18:31   ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2020-11-03 10:15   ` SZEDER Gábor
2020-11-03 11:21     ` Christian Couder
2020-11-03 16:10       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 18:21     ` Jeff King
2020-11-03 18:34       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-03 18:57         ` Jeff King
2020-11-03 20:21           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-04 13:31             ` Jeff King
2020-11-04 16:26               ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-04 17:54             ` Re*: " Junio C Hamano
2020-11-04 19:41               ` Jeff King
2020-11-04 20:16                 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-04 20:35                   ` [PATCH] log: diagnose -L used with pathspec as an error Junio C Hamano
2020-11-04 21:03                     ` Jeff King
2020-11-03 18:46 ` Segfault in git when using git logs Derrick Stolee
2020-11-03 18:55   ` Sathyajith Bhat
2020-11-03 19:23     ` Jeff King
2020-11-03 20:07       ` Derrick Stolee
2020-11-03 21:04         ` Derrick Stolee
2020-11-04 15:49           ` Sathyajith Bhat

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