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Re: gitk shows local uncommit changes after touch file + reload

On 1/7/19 6:41 PM, Philip Oakley wrote:
On 06/01/2019 22:51, Jacob Kroon wrote:

Not sure if this has already been reported, but I observe this odd
behaviour in gitk from master:

git status
gitk # everything looks good
touch <file-under-version-control>
gitk # gitk shows "local uncomitted changes" on the file I touched
git status
gitk # gitk is back to normal again, showing no local uncommitted changes

The issue has been discussed on stackoverflow here:

Any chance gitk could be changed to so that it doesn't display the
"local uncommitted changes" blob in this case ?

Regards Jacob

I believe this is doing the right thing (TM) at the level of investigation that gitk uses to determine the status of the files. In particular, Git uses the modified time stamp as a surrogate indication for detecting that the user has probably edited the file (it's been modified at time hhmmss, right?).

Now as I understand it, the full (without limiting options) git status command does go and check the content of anything that's potentially changed (but it can be costly), and at that point the status command simply updates its 'Index' record with the new mtime after noticing that nothing had really changed. Meanwhile, gitk, being a continuously running GUI avoids the overhead of the git status (though you can force it) and does report the mtime change as being a potential file modification.

Although gitk it is a continuously running application, I don't expect it is continuously monitoring the files. If I explicitly tell gitk to "reload" I'd be perfectly fine with it taking some more time to discard any false positives in the same way as "git status".

What do you mean by "you can force it", is there some option in gitk I can set which forces it to do the equivalent of "git status" on reload ?


There is a separate discussion on the git users forum regarding the compatibility with other tools that has a similar root cause in the use and abuse of mtime as a canary for modification, given that the Git repo storage does not record any file times, so will get a (moderately) arbitrary mtime & ctime when checked out.