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Re: [PATCH 1/1] mingw: handle absolute paths in expand_user_path()

Am 07.11.18 um 21:41 schrieb Jeff King:
On Wed, Nov 07, 2018 at 07:52:28PM +0100, Johannes Sixt wrote:
Do I understand correctly, that you use a leading slash as an indicator to
construct a path relative to system_path(). How about a "reserved" user
name? For example,

   [http] sslcert = ~system_path/what/ever

although a more unique name, perhaps with some punctuation, may be

It's syntactically a bit further afield, but something like:

   sslcert = $RUNTIME_PREFIX/what/ever

would make sense to me, and is a bit less subtle than the fake user. I
don't know if that would confuse people into thinking that we
interpolate arbitrary environment variables, though.

The expansion of a fake user name would have to go in expand_user_path(), a fake variable name would have to be expanded elsewhere. Now, Dscho mentions in the cover letter that his patch has already seen some field testing ("has been 'in production' for a good while"). So, we have gained some confidence that the point where the substitution happens, in expand_user_path(), is suitable. Therefore, I have slight preference for a fake user.

-- Hannes