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authorThomas Rast <>2010-07-30 15:01:50 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2010-08-02 16:11:28 (GMT)
commitac2e1e632e50c682305fee902b32b1a23ce71546 (patch)
parentc97ca277a9a23780ffc322392608429f0b7e707a (diff)
Documentation/rev-parse: quoting is required with --parseopt
When calling rev-parse --parseopt, as in the (now fixed) documented example eval "$(echo "$OPTS_SPEC" | git rev-parse --parseopt -- "$@" || echo exit $?)" the outermost quoting is required, as otherwise all runs of arbitrary whitespace inside the resulting 'set -- ...' call would be collapsed into a single space. This was exposed as a result of our new use of cat <<\EOF since 47e9cd2 (parseopt: wrap rev-parse --parseopt usage for eval consumption, 2010-06-12), but has always been a problem when handling arguments containing e.g. newlines. Point this out in the documentation, and in particular correct the example that did not have the quotes. Noticed-by: Joshua Jensen <> Signed-off-by: Thomas Rast <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
1 files changed, 5 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-rev-parse.txt b/Documentation/git-rev-parse.txt
index 0727f43..be4c053 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-rev-parse.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-rev-parse.txt
@@ -184,10 +184,13 @@ scripts the same facilities C builtins have. It works as an option normalizer
(e.g. splits single switches aggregate values), a bit like `getopt(1)` does.
It takes on the standard input the specification of the options to parse and
-understand, and echoes on the standard output a line suitable for `sh(1)` `eval`
+understand, and echoes on the standard output a string suitable for `sh(1)` `eval`
to replace the arguments with normalized ones. In case of error, it outputs
usage on the standard error stream, and exits with code 129.
+Note: Make sure you quote the result when passing it to `eval`. See
+below for an example.
Input Format
@@ -244,7 +247,7 @@ bar= some cool option --bar with an argument
An option group Header
C? option C with an optional argument"
-eval `echo "$OPTS_SPEC" | git rev-parse --parseopt -- "$@" || echo exit $?`
+eval "$(echo "$OPTS_SPEC" | git rev-parse --parseopt -- "$@" || echo exit $?)"