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Re: [Question] Signature calculation ignoring parts of binary files




"Randall S. Becker" <rsbecker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> The scenario is slightly different.
> 1. Person A gives me a new binary file-1 with fingerprint A1. This goes into
> git unchanged.
> 2. Person B gives me binary file-2 with fingerprint B2. This does not go
> into git yet.
> 3. We attempt a git diff between the committed file-1 and uncommitted file-2
> using a textconv implementation that strips what we don't need to compare.
> 4. If file-1 and file-2 have no difference when textconv is used, file-2 is
> not added and not committed. It is discarded with impunity, never to be seen
> again, although we might whine a lot at the user for attempting to put
> file-2 in - but that's not git's issue.

You are forgetting that Git is a distributed version control system,
aren't you?  Person A and B can introduce their "moral equivalent
but bytewise different" copies to their repository under the same
object name, and you can pull from them--what happens?

It is fundamental that one object name given to Git identifies one
specific byte sequence contained in an object uniquely.  Once you
broke that, you no longer have Git.