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Re: [PATCH] t3701-add-interactive: tighten the check of trace output

On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 04:07:14PM +0200, SZEDER Gábor wrote:

> The test 'add -p does not expand argument lists' in
> 't3701-add-interactive.sh', added in 7288e12cce (add--interactive: do
> not expand pathspecs with ls-files, 2017-03-14), checks the GIT_TRACE
> of 'git add -p' to ensure that the name of a tracked file wasn't
> passed around as argument to any of the commands executed as a result
> of undesired pathspec expansion.  This check is done with 'grep' using
> the filename on its own as the pattern, which is too loose a pattern,
> and would match any occurrences of the filename in the trace output,
> not just those as command arguments.  E.g. if a developer were to
> litter the index handling code with trace_printf()s printing, among
> other things, the name of the just processed cache entry, then that
> pattern would mistakenly match these as well, and would fail the test.

Is this a real thing we're running into? I'd have thought that anybody
adding index-specific tracing would do it as GIT_TRACE_INDEX.  It's
unfortunate that "trace commands and processes" is just GIT_TRACE, and not
GIT_TRACE_RUN or similar. But that's mostly historical. I wouldn't
expect people to add other subsystems to it.

Not that I'm totally opposed to your patch, but it's a little sad that
we have to match the specific text used in GIT_TRACE now (and if they
ever changed we won't even notice, but rather the test will just become
a silent noop).

I think it would be nice if we could move towards something like:

  - move current GIT_TRACE messages to use GIT_TRACE_COMMAND or similar

  - abolish trace_printf() without a specific subsystem key

  - do one of:

    - keep GIT_TRACE as a historical synonym for GIT_TRACE_COMMAND; that
      keeps things working as they are now

    - have GIT_TRACE enable _all_ tracing; that's a change in behavior,
      but arguably a more useful thing to have going forward (e.g., when
      you're not sure which traces are even available)

And then a test like this would just use GIT_TRACE_COMMAND.

> diff --git a/t/t3701-add-interactive.sh b/t/t3701-add-interactive.sh
> index 609fbfdc31..65dfbc033a 100755
> --- a/t/t3701-add-interactive.sh
> +++ b/t/t3701-add-interactive.sh
> @@ -540,7 +540,7 @@ test_expect_success 'add -p does not expand argument lists' '
>  	# update it, but we want to be sure that our "." pathspec
>  	# was not expanded into the argument list of any command.
>  	# So look only for "not-changed".
> -	! grep not-changed trace.out
> +	! grep -E "^trace: (built-in|exec|run_command): .*not-changed" trace.out

I had a vague recollection that we preferred "egrep" to "grep -E" due to
portability. But digging in the history, I could only find "fgrep" over
"grep -F". And we seem to have plenty of "grep -E" invocations already.