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authorEric Sunshine <>2020-02-24 09:08:46 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2020-02-24 21:04:04 (GMT)
commita80c4c22147bae6d9f9b907b81ab3f4d129ab690 (patch)
parentd0654dc308b0ba76dd8ed7bbb33c8d8f7aacd783 (diff)
worktree: improve find_worktree() documentation
Do a better job of explaining that find_worktree()'s main purpose is to locate a worktree based upon input from a user which may be some sort of shorthand for identifying a worktree rather than an actual path. For instance, one shorthand a user can use to identify a worktree is by unique path suffix (i.e. given worktrees at paths "foo/bar" and "foo/baz", the latter can be identified simply as "baz"). The actual heuristics find_worktree() uses to select a worktree may be expanded in the future (for instance, one day it may allow worktree selection by <id> of the .git/worktrees/<id>/ administrative directory), thus the documentation does not provide a precise description of how matching is performed, instead leaving it open-ended to allow for future enhancement. While at it, drop mention of the non-NULL requirement of `prefix` since NULL has long been allowed. For instance, prefix_filename() has explicitly allowed NULL since 116fb64e43 (prefix_filename: drop length parameter, 2017-03-20), and find_worktree() itself since e4da43b1f0 (prefix_filename: return newly allocated string, 2017-03-20). Signed-off-by: Eric Sunshine <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
1 files changed, 12 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/worktree.h b/worktree.h
index caecc7a..b8a851b 100644
--- a/worktree.h
+++ b/worktree.h
@@ -44,8 +44,18 @@ int submodule_uses_worktrees(const char *path);
const char *get_worktree_git_dir(const struct worktree *wt);
- * Search a worktree that can be unambiguously identified by
- * "arg". "prefix" must not be NULL.
+ * Search for the worktree identified unambiguously by `arg` -- typically
+ * supplied by the user via the command-line -- which may be a pathname or some
+ * shorthand uniquely identifying a worktree, thus making it convenient for the
+ * user to specify a worktree with minimal typing. For instance, if the last
+ * component (say, "foo") of a worktree's pathname is unique among worktrees
+ * (say, "work/foo" and "work/bar"), it can be used to identify the worktree
+ * unambiguously.
+ *
+ * `prefix` should be the `prefix` handed to top-level Git commands along with
+ * `argc` and `argv`.
+ *
+ * Return the worktree identified by `arg`, or NULL if not found.
struct worktree *find_worktree(struct worktree **list,
const char *prefix,