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authorJeff King <>2019-08-06 14:39:58 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2019-08-06 20:05:39 (GMT)
commit19e8789b236dfe33667747d5523d6689bb59b5ef (patch)
parent7c20df84bd21ec0215358381844274fa10515017 (diff)
revision: allow --end-of-options to end option parsing
There's currently no robust way to tell Git that a particular option is meant to be a revision, and not an option. So if you have a branch "refs/heads/--foo", you cannot just say: git rev-list --foo You can say: git rev-list refs/heads/--foo But that breaks down if you don't know the refname, and in particular if you're a script passing along a value from elsewhere. In most programs, you can use "--" to end option parsing, like this: some-prog -- "$revision" But that doesn't work for the revision parser, because "--" is already meaningful there: it separates revisions from pathspecs. So we need some other marker to separate options from revisions. This patch introduces "--end-of-options", which serves that purpose: git rev-list --oneline --end-of-options "$revision" will work regardless of what's in "$revision" (well, if you say "--" it may fail, but it won't do something dangerous, like triggering an unexpected option). The name is verbose, but that's probably a good thing; this is meant to be used for scripted invocations where readability is more important than terseness. One alternative would be to introduce an explicit option to mark a revision, like: git rev-list --oneline --revision="$revision" That's slightly _more_ informative than this commit (because it makes even something silly like "--" unambiguous). But the pattern of using a separator like "--" is well established in git and in other commands, and it makes some scripting tasks simpler like: git rev-list --end-of-options "$@" There's no documentation in this patch, because it will make sense to describe the feature once it is available everywhere (and support will be added in further patches). Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
2 files changed, 15 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/revision.c b/revision.c
index 0741229..51690e4 100644
--- a/revision.c
+++ b/revision.c
@@ -2523,6 +2523,7 @@ int setup_revisions(int argc, const char **argv, struct rev_info *revs, struct s
int i, flags, left, seen_dashdash, got_rev_arg = 0, revarg_opt;
struct argv_array prune_data = ARGV_ARRAY_INIT;
const char *submodule = NULL;
+ int seen_end_of_options = 0;
if (opt)
submodule = opt->submodule;
@@ -2552,7 +2553,7 @@ int setup_revisions(int argc, const char **argv, struct rev_info *revs, struct s
for (left = i = 1; i < argc; i++) {
const char *arg = argv[i];
- if (*arg == '-') {
+ if (!seen_end_of_options && *arg == '-') {
int opts;
opts = handle_revision_pseudo_opt(submodule,
@@ -2574,6 +2575,11 @@ int setup_revisions(int argc, const char **argv, struct rev_info *revs, struct s
+ if (!strcmp(arg, "--end-of-options")) {
+ seen_end_of_options = 1;
+ continue;
+ }
opts = handle_revision_opt(revs, argc - i, argv + i,
&left, argv, opt);
if (opts > 0) {
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index 52a9e38..b8cf823 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -140,4 +140,12 @@ test_expect_success '--header shows a NUL after each commit' '
test_cmp expect actual
+test_expect_success 'rev-list --end-of-options' '
+ git update-ref refs/heads/--output=yikes HEAD &&
+ git rev-list --end-of-options --output=yikes >actual &&
+ test_path_is_missing yikes &&
+ git rev-list HEAD >expect &&
+ test_cmp expect actual