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Re: [PATCH] RFC: Introduce '.gitorderfile'

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:12 PM, Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Stefan Beller <sbeller@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM, Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> This triggers two reactions for me:
>>>> (a) We should totally do that.
>>>> (b) It's a rabbit hole to go down.
>>> And yes, I had both of those reactions, too. We've had the
>>> "project-level .gitconfig" discussion many times over the years. And it
>>> generally comes back to "you can ship a snippet of config and then give
>>> people a script which adds it to their repo".
>> I see this "project-level .gitconfig" via the .gitmodules file.
>> See GITMODULES(5), anything except submodule.<name>.path is
>> just project-level .gitconfig,...
> They were from day one meant as a suggestion made by the project.
> You do not have to follow them and you are free to update them,
> i.e. after "submodule init" copied URL to point at a closer mirror,
> for example.

The URL is somewhat special as its copying into the .git/config
also marks the submodule as interesting (no matter if the URL is
changed by the user).

The point I was trying to make is best demonstrated in

> ok 7 - using fetchRecurseSubmodules=true in .gitmodules recurses into submodules
> ok 8 - --no-recurse-submodules overrides .gitmodules config
> ok 9 - using fetchRecurseSubmodules=false in .git/config overrides setting in .gitmodules

They were not suggestions, but defaults dictated by the project.

If the user did not change their config, they did as the project
said. I was not there on day one to remember if they are merely
meant as suggestions, but their behavior is asserting.