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Re: [PATCH 1/3] setup: drop return value from `read_repository_format()`

On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 09:52:12PM -0500, Jeff King wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 12:17:53AM +0000, brian m. carlson wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 10:27:35AM -0500, Jeff King wrote:
> > > I dunno. This is one of those dark corners of the code where we appear
> > > to do the wrong thing, but nobody seems to have noticed or cared much,
> > > and changing it runs the risk of breaking some obscure cases. I'm not
> > > sure if we should bite the bullet and try to address that, or just back
> > > away slowly and pretend we never looked at it. ;)
> > 
> > I will point out that with the SHA-256 work, reading the config file
> > becomes essential for SHA-256 repositories, because we need to know the
> > object format. Removing the config file leads to things blowing up in a
> > bad way (what specific bad way I don't remember).
> > 
> > That may influence the direction we want to take in this work, or not.
> Wouldn't we just treat that the same way we do now? I.e., assume the
> default of sha1, just like we assume repositoryformatversion==0?

Yeah, we'll default to SHA-1, but the repository will be broken. HEAD
can't be read. Trying to run git status dies with "fatal: Unknown index
entry format". And so on. We've written data with 64-character object
IDs, which can't be read by Git in SHA-1 mode.

My point is essentially that in an SHA-256 repository, the config file
isn't optional anymore. We probably need to consider that and error out
in more situations (e.g. unreadable file or I/O error) instead of
silently falling back to the defaults, since failing loudly in a visible
way is better than having the user try to figure out why the index is
suddenly "corrupt".
brian m. carlson: Houston, Texas, US
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