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Re: No clear API/Error message to validate a "revision object" using git rev-parse


On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM Ντέντος Σταύρος <stdedos@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> So, I follow the recommendation to add '--', since I know that I won't
> be adding any paths:
> $ git rev-parse version.3 --
> fatal: bad revision 'version.3'
> However, what happens with the correct tags is, I get the trailing
> double dash in:
> $  git rev-parse version-0.false --
> d43292476ea9ab8c3d32940352b680549b64e8d8
> --
> $

Yeah, it looks like a bug to me.

> A further leading argument, e.g. '' makes the situation worse:
> $ git rev-parse version-0.false -- ''
> d43292476ea9ab8c3d32940352b680549b64e8d8
> --
> $

This also.

> `--verify`s error message is even more cryptic:
> $ git rev-parse --verify version.3
> fatal: Needed a single revision

Yeah, but it works.

The error message could perhaps be improved. On the other hand it has
been the same for a very very long time and very few people complained
about it.

As you are writing a script, you can at least easily redirect it to
/dev/null and output something else.

In fact as `git rev-parse` is a "plumbing command" it's supposed to be
used mostly by scripts and power user who can easily deal with such an
error message, which explains why there has not been much incentive to
change this error message.

> $ git rev-parse --verify version-0.false
> 80f20b100cca5166b22cbcc1f4a6ac1eae64a0d0

This also works correctly.


$ git rev-parse --verify v2.2.0 --

also works correctly.