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Re: [PATCH v3 2/3] Setup working tree in describe

On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 8:12 AM Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 06:18:58AM +0100, Sebastian Staudt wrote:
> > This ensures the given working tree is used for --dirty.
> There's been a lot of digging and discussion on the list about what
> happens if we don't do this. Could we summarize it here?
> Perhaps:
>   We don't use NEED_WORK_TREE when running the git-describe builtin,
>   since you should be able to describe a commit even in a bare
>   repository. However, the --dirty flag does need a working tree. Since
>   we don't call setup_work_tree(), it uses whatever directory we happen
>   to be in. That's unlikely to match our index, meaning we'd say "dirty"
>   even when the real working tree is clean.
>   We can fix that by calling setup_work_tree() once we know that the
>   user has asked for --dirty.

I have not particularly been following this thread, but this proposed
commit message does an excellent job of summarizing and explaining the
issue and making the fix obvious (so, now I don't have to go back and
read the entire thread).

> > The implementation of --broken uses diff-index which calls
> > setup_work_tree() itself.
> If I hadn't just read the rest of the thread, I'd probably wonder why we
> are talking about --broken at all. Maybe:
>   The --broken option similarly needs a working tree. But because the
>   current implementation calls an external diff-index to do the work,
>   we don't have to bother setting up the working tree in the
>   git-describe process.

This rewrite left me slightly in the dark since I had to infer that
git-diff-index calls setup_work_tree() itself. Perhaps:

    ...an external diff-index to do the work, which itself calls
    setup_work_tree(), we don't have to bother...

But that's minor.