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Re: Self-inflicted "abort" in a newbie attempt at read-only exploration of a cloned repository?

On 06/04/18 07:56 PM, Jeff King wrote:
On Thu, Apr 05, 2018 at 04:18:23PM -0700, Bryan Turner wrote:

The documentation for --work-tree says:


Set the path to the working tree. It can be an absolute path or a path
relative to the current working directory. This can also be controlled
by setting the GIT_WORK_TREE environment variable and the
core.worktree configuration variable (see core.worktree in
git-config(1) for a more detailed discussion).

So passing --work-tree tells Git where to store your _files_, but it's
still using the same .git directory.

If your goal is to have worktrees for various versions, that implies
the git worktree [1] command might be more along the lines of what
you're looking for. An invocation based on above might look like this:
$ git -C linux-stable/ worktree add $PWD/tmp/ checkout linux-4.15.y

Everything you've said here is completely accurate. But the original
report does make me wonder if we've set up users for failure by
overloading the term "worktree". Clearly it means two very different
things in:

   git --work-tree=foo


   git worktree add foo

I'm not sure what to do about it at this point, though. :(

The documentation for 'git worktree add' was adequate for my problem solving process. My difficulty occurred because I used an earlier GIT version. The terminology overloading might not be a big issue.


- Thierry