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Re: [PATCH 09/20] abbrev tests: test for "git-log" behavior




On Sat, Jun 09 2018, Martin Ågren wrote:

> On 9 June 2018 at 00:41, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> The "log" family of commands does its own parsing for --abbrev in
>> revision.c, so having dedicated tests for it makes sense.
>
>> +for i in $(test_seq 4 40)
>
> I've just been skimming so might have missed something, but I see
> several instances of this construct, and I wonder what this brute-force
> approach really buys us. An alternative would be, e.g., "for i in 4 23
> 40". That is, min/max and some arbitrary number in between (odd because
> the others are even).
>
> Of course, we might have a bug which magically happens for the number 9,
> but I'd expect us to test for that only if we have some reason to
> believe that number 9 is indeed magical.

Good point, I'll change this in v2, or at least guard it with
EXPENSIVE. I hacked it up like this while exhaustively testing things
during development, and discovered some edge cases (e.g. "0" is special
sometimes).

> Also, 40 is of course tied to SHA-1. You could perhaps define a variable
> at the top of this file to simplify a future generalization. (Same for
> 39/41 which are related to 40.)

I forgot to note this in the commit message, but I intentionally didn't
guard this test with the SHA1 prereq, there's nothing per-se specific to
SHA-1 here, it's not a given that whatever our NewHash is that we won't
use 40 characters, and the rest of the magic constants like 4 and 7 is
something we're likely to retain with NewHash.

Although maybe we should expose GIT_SHA1_HEXSZ to the test suite.