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Re: [PATCH v3] doc: hint about GIT_DEBUGGER in CodingGuidelines




On Wed, May 22, 2019 at 8:56 PM Emily Shaffer <emilyshaffer@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We check for a handy environment variable GIT_DEBUGGER when running via
> bin-wrappers/, but this feature is undocumented. Add a hint to how to
> use it into the CodingGuidelines (which is where other useful
> environment settings like DEVELOPER are documented).
>
> You can use GIT_DEBUGGER to pick gdb by default, or you can hand it your
> own debugger if you like to use something else (or if you want custom
> flags for gdb). This commit documents that intent within
> CodingGuidelines.

This last sentence is repeating what is already stated in the first
paragraph, thus doesn't seem to add value. In fact, the remainder of
the second paragraph seems to be repeating what is in the patch
proper, thus could likely be dropped.

> Signed-off-by: Emily Shaffer <emilyshaffer@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> diff --git a/Documentation/CodingGuidelines b/Documentation/CodingGuidelines
> @@ -412,6 +412,12 @@ For C programs:
> + - You can launch gdb around your program using the shorthand GIT_DEBUGGER.
> +   Run `GIT_DEBUGGER=1 ./bin-wrappers/git foo` to simply use gdb as is, or
> +   run `GIT_DEBUGGER=my-debugger-binary my-args ./bin-wrappers/git foo` to

Don't you need to bind my-debugger-binary and my-args together with
shell quotes? Also, placeholders like these are often ensconced in
angle brackets, so perhaps:

    ... `GIT_DEBUGGER="<debugger> <debugger-args>" ./bin-wrappers/git ...

> +   use your own debugger and arguments. Example: `GIT_DEBUGGER="ddd --gdb"
> +   ./bin-wrappers/git log` (See `wrap-for-bin.sh`.)