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Re: Feedback on git-restore

On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 7:12 PM Philip Oakley <philipoakley@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Maybe we need a `git index` command to make it far more visible to
> average users (or `git staging-area --show`, with a --cached option ;-).

Not commenting on the other parts (and also Junio's mail) since I
still need more time to process.

But how about we see the index as a "commit-in-progress" (or "staging
area" which is almost the same, maybe "commit area" is better)?

You can't make a commit visible unless you check it out (and then can
use various tools available to work on filesystem), or you use git
diff/show to examine it. The index is treated pretty much the same
way, except that it does not have a proper SHA-1 yet because it's
still a work in progress.

Short of creating a fuse filesystem to show you the index content (as
read-only files) I don't see any better way that you can actually see
the index without checking it out.

PS. Yes I ignored the role of the index during a merge conflict. Not
relying on the index for conflict handling might be possible, but I'm
not going to touch that topic, way out of my area.