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authorJeff King <>2016-02-22 22:44:15 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2016-02-22 22:50:32 (GMT)
commitb992657ed0e2720e20302b0ac8c210dff55950b2 (patch)
treeda139d348ebf30385b1ff8ea758ba8befe0b44b1 /Documentation/technical/api-argv-array.txt
parent3689539127f786f32ff04da374d37cc1f72fb918 (diff)
argv-array: add detach function
The usual pattern for an argv array is to initialize it, push in some strings, and then clear it when done. Very occasionally, though, we must do other exotic things with the memory, like freeing the list but keeping the strings. Let's provide a detach function so that callers can make use of our API to build up the array, and then take ownership of it. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/technical/api-argv-array.txt b/Documentation/technical/api-argv-array.txt
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@@ -56,3 +56,10 @@ Functions
Free all memory associated with the array and return it to the
initial, empty state.
+ Disconnect the `argv` member from the `argv_array` struct and
+ return it. The caller is responsible for freeing the memory used
+ by the array, and by the strings it references. After detaching,
+ the `argv_array` is in a reinitialized state and can be pushed
+ into again.