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Re: couple questions about git "logical variables" and "git var"

Jeff King wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 05, 2017 at 05:11:04AM -0400, rpjday@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

>> first question -- what is it about precisely those four variables that makes
>> them "logical" variables in git parlance? just those four? no others?
> It was introduced in the very early days as a way for scripts to get
> access to "standard" values that would be computed the same way as the C
> portions of Git.  But it hasn't generally been kept up to date with new
> possible variables.
> It also only tells half the story. You have to know not just what's in
> $GIT_EDITOR, but you have to know the right way to evaluate it. There's
> a git_editor helper in git-sh-setup, but other scripting languages are
> on their own.

I am not sure I understand the complaint here.  git-var(1) says:

	   Text editor for use by Git commands. The value is meant to be
	   interpreted by the shell when it is used. Examples: [...]

Are you saying that the output of the command should quote that
manpage, so as to tell the rest of the story?

>               We'd probably have done better to introduce a "git editor"
> command which can be run from any language.

I remember that we discussed this at the time but don't remember why
it didn't happen.  It seems like a good idea.

>> p.s. yes, i realize this command is deprecated in favour of "git config -l",
>> but as long as it's available, it should work as described in the man page.
> Yes, though I think fixing the manpage is the right way to make them
> consistent.

Agreed as well.  rday, care to take a stab at wording?