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authorLinus Torvalds <>2008-10-05 19:35:15 (GMT)
committerShawn O. Pearce <>2008-10-06 07:29:28 (GMT)
commit71b989e7dd1dcf891369319cfeda0ed8b6a152e1 (patch)
parentfe8aa148b2cba66fb2643e4df1670c132da5d706 (diff)
fix bogus "diff --git" header from "diff --no-index"
When "git diff --no-index" is given an absolute pathname, it would generate a diff header with the absolute path prepended by the prefix, like: diff --git a/dev/null b/foo Not only is this nonsensical, and not only does it violate the description of diffs given in git-diff(1), but it would produce broken binary diffs. Unlike text diffs, the binary diffs don't contain the filenames anywhere else, and so "git apply" relies on this header to figure out the filename. This patch just refuses to use an invalid name for anything visible in the diff. Now, this fixes the "git diff --no-index --binary a /dev/null" kind of case (and we'll end up using "a" as the basename), but some other insane cases are impossible to handle. If you do git diff --no-index --binary a /bin/echo you'll still get a patch like diff --git a/a b/bin/echo old mode 100644 new mode 100755 index ... and "git apply" will refuse to apply it for a couple of reasons, and the diff is simply bogus. And that, btw, is no longer a bug, I think. It's impossible to know whethe the user meant for the patch to be a rename or not. And as such, refusing to apply it because you don't know what name you should use is probably _exactly_ the right thing to do! Original problem reported by Imre Deak. Test script and problem description by Jeff King. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <> Signed-off-by: Shawn O. Pearce <>
2 files changed, 25 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/diff.c b/diff.c
index 781fa15..f91f256 100644
--- a/diff.c
+++ b/diff.c
@@ -1465,6 +1465,10 @@ static void builtin_diff(const char *name_a,
const char *set = diff_get_color_opt(o, DIFF_METAINFO);
const char *reset = diff_get_color_opt(o, DIFF_RESET);
+ /* Never use a non-valid filename anywhere if at all possible */
+ name_a = DIFF_FILE_VALID(one) ? name_a : name_b;
+ name_b = DIFF_FILE_VALID(two) ? name_b : name_a;
a_one = quote_two(o->a_prefix, name_a + (*name_a == '/'));
b_two = quote_two(o->b_prefix, name_b + (*name_b == '/'));
lbl[0] = DIFF_FILE_VALID(one) ? a_one : "/dev/null";
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index 64c372a..eac1271 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -77,4 +77,25 @@ test_expect_success 'apply binary patch' \
tree1=`git write-tree` &&
test "$tree1" = "$tree0"'
+q_to_nul() {
+ perl -pe 'y/Q/\000/'
+nul_to_q() {
+ perl -pe 'y/\000/Q/'
+test_expect_success 'diff --no-index with binary creation' '
+ echo Q | q_to_nul >binary &&
+ (:# hide error code from diff, which just indicates differences
+ git diff --binary --no-index /dev/null binary >current ||
+ true
+ ) &&
+ rm binary &&
+ git apply --binary <current &&
+ echo Q >expected &&
+ nul_to_q <binary >actual &&
+ test_cmp expected actual