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Re: [PATCH] rebase --abort: cleanup refs/rewritten

Hi Dscho

On 03/05/2019 10:21, Johannes Schindelin wrote:
Hi Phillip,

On Wed, 1 May 2019, Phillip Wood wrote:

On 30/04/2019 23:49, Johannes Schindelin wrote:

On Tue, 30 Apr 2019, Phillip Wood wrote:

On 29/04/2019 17:07, Johannes Schindelin wrote:

On Fri, 26 Apr 2019, Phillip Wood wrote:

From: Phillip Wood <phillip.wood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

When `rebase -r` finishes it removes any refs under refs/rewritten
that it has created. However if the rebase is aborted these refs are
not removed. This can cause problems for future rebases. For example I
recently wanted to merge a updated version of a topic branch into an
integration branch so ran `rebase -ir` and removed the picks and label
for the topic branch from the todo list so that
       merge -C <old-merge> topic
would pick up the new version of topic. Unfortunately
refs/rewritten/topic already existed from a previous rebase that had
been aborted so the rebase just used the old topic, not the new one.

Signed-off-by: Phillip Wood <phillip.wood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Makes a ton of sense, and I feel a bit embarrassed that I forgot about
that item on my TODO list. The patch looks obviously correct!

Thanks, after I sent it I realized that --quit should probably clear
refs/rewritten as well, so I'll re-roll with that added. (One could argue
a user might want them after quitting the rebase but there is no way to
them up safely once we've deleted the state files and I suspect most users
would be suprised if they were left laying around)

I am not so sure. `--quit` is essentially all about "leave the state
as-is, but still abort the rebase".

I think it depends on what you mean by "state" `--quit` is about removing
state specific to rebases while preserving HEAD, the index and worktree.

I guess the fault is mine for bleeding out internal rebase state into the
refs namespace.

I wouldn't feel bad about that, I guess it would be possible to get gc to read a list of objects not to collect from a file in .git/rebase-merge but creating a refs for labels seems like a sensible way to stop them from being collect by gc.

While I cannot really imagine any harm from this patch in practice, it is
slightly worrisome that deleting refs also deletes their reflogs,

Yes it's a shame there's no way to get a ref back once it's been deleted (though I'm not sure how long we'd want to keep any reflog of a deleted ref before gc'ing the objects). In any case refs/rewritten only has a reflog if the user has explicitly enabled it.

makes it an unrecoverable problem *iff* any user runs into trouble with

I guess "rebase --quit" could print a warning listing the refs that are being deleted so the user can cut and paste if they need to. I'm not sure how likely they are to need that though.

Best Wishes