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RE: how exactly can git config section names contain periods?




> -----Original Message-----
> From: git-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <git-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf
> Of Robert P. J. Day
> Sent: June 1, 2018 4:14 PM
> To: Git Mailing list <git@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: how exactly can git config section names contain periods?
> 
> 
>   more oddities in my travels, this from Doc.../config.txt:
> 
> "The file consists of sections and variables.  A section begins with the
name
> of the section in square brackets and continues until the next section
begins.
> Section names are case-insensitive.  Only alphanumeric characters, `-` and
`.`
> are allowed in section names.
>                                   ^ ?????
> 
>   what? how can section names contain periods? reading further,
> 
> "Sections can be further divided into subsections.  To begin a subsection
put
> its name in double quotes, separated by space from the section name, in
the
> section header, like in the example below:
> 
> --------
>         [section "subsection"]
> 
> 
>   ok, so how on earth would i use "git config" at the command line to set
a
> config variable with some arbitrary level of subsections? let's try this:
> 
>   $ git config --global a.b.c.d.e rday
> 
> huh ... seemed to work fine, and added this to my ~/.gitconfig:
> 
>   [a "b.c.d"]
>           e = rday
> 
> as i see it, the first component is intgerpreted as the section name, the
last
> component is the variable/key(?) name, and everything in between is
> treated as subsection(s), which is not at all obvious from that Doc file,
or from
> "man git-config".
> 
>   and if a section name can contain periods, how would you specify that at
the
> command line?

I'm with Robert on this. I would have thought that the interpretation should
have been:

["a.b.c.d"]
         e = rday

Confused as well,

Randall

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