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Re: [PATCH v1 2/2] log: add option to choose which refs to decorate

Jacob Keller <jacob.keller@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On November 3, 2017 8:49:15 PM PDT, Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>Rafael Ascensão <rafa.almas@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>Why should this be a special case that burdens users to remember one
>>more rule?  Wouldn't users find "--decorate-refs=refs/tags" useful
>>and it woulld be shorter and nicer than having to say "refs/tags/*"?
> Actually, I would expect these to behave more like git describes
> match and exclude which don't have an extra /*. It seems natural
> to me that glob would always add an extra glob, but.. I don't
> recall if match and exlude do so.

I would have to say that the describe's one is wrong if it does not
match what for_each_glob_ref() does for the log family of commands'
"--branches=<pattern>" etc.  describe.c::get_name() uses positive
and negative patterns, just like log-tree.c::add_ref_decoration()
would with the patch we are discussing, so perhaps the items in
these lists should get the same "normalize" treatment the patch 1/2
of this series brings in to make things consistent?

> That being said, if we think the extra glob would not cause
> problems and generally do what people mean... I guess consistent
> with --glob would be good... But it's definitely not what I'd
> expect at first glance.

FWIW, what describe --match/--exclude do is not what I'd have
expected ;-)  In any case, we spotted an existing inconsistency that
we would want to resolve (the resolution could be "leave it as-is";
I do not think we have thought this through enough yet), which is