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Re: [PATCH/RFC] Makefile: dedup list of files obtained from ls-files

On Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 10:19:04PM +0900, Junio C Hamano wrote:

>    I am not fan of adding the "| sort -u" of the whole thing,
>    because there is no need to dedup the output of the $(FIND) side
>    of the alternative, but "(ls-files | sort -u) || (find)" would
>    obviously not work.  If we truly care, perhaps we should add a
>    new option to ls-files to show each path only once, unless it is
>    showing the stage number (i.e. "ls-files -s" or "ls-files -u"),
>    but this gets the problem go away without code change, hence this
>    RFC ;-)

FWIW, after reading your commit message my thoughts immediately turned
to "why can't ls-files have a mode that outputs each just once", but
then ended up at the same place as your patch: it's not that hard to
just de-dup the output.

It _could_ be a sign that other scripts besides our Makefile would
benefit from such an option, but I think I'd want to see at least one
other example before going in that direction.

So the patch itself looks good to me (though I agree that Eric's
suggestion to de-dup inside "make" is better still).