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authorJeff King <>2016-12-12 19:52:22 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2016-12-12 23:10:43 (GMT)
commitcf3c6352100a0d302276e46e3f9a7f0804e224d8 (patch)
tree6722d811a4918a54dc02d9ae57670d343dc3f93c /Documentation
parent9b519609a625386f517545ab31de147ad6f433cb (diff)
alternates: accept double-quoted paths
We read lists of alternates from objects/info/alternates files (delimited by newline), as well as from the GIT_ALTERNATE_OBJECT_DIRECTORIES environment variable (delimited by colon or semi-colon, depending on the platform). There's no mechanism for quoting the delimiters, so it's impossible to specify an alternate path that contains a colon in the environment, or one that contains a newline in a file. We've lived with that restriction for ages because both alternates and filenames with colons are relatively rare, and it's only a problem when the two meet. But since 722ff7f87 (receive-pack: quarantine objects until pre-receive accepts, 2016-10-03), which builds on the alternates system, every push causes the receiver to set GIT_ALTERNATE_OBJECT_DIRECTORIES internally. It would be convenient to have some way to quote the delimiter so that we can represent arbitrary paths. The simplest thing would be an escape character before a quoted delimiter (e.g., "\:" as a literal colon). But that creates a backwards compatibility problem: any path which uses that escape character is now broken, and we've just shifted the problem. We could choose an unlikely escape character (e.g., something from the non-printable ASCII range), but that's awkward to use. Instead, let's treat names as unquoted unless they begin with a double-quote, in which case they are interpreted via our usual C-stylke quoting rules. This also breaks backwards-compatibility, but in a smaller way: it only matters if your file has a double-quote as the very _first_ character in the path (whereas an escape character is a problem anywhere in the path). It's also consistent with many other parts of git, which accept either a bare pathname or a double-quoted one, and the sender can choose to quote or not as required. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git.txt b/Documentation/git.txt
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--- a/Documentation/git.txt
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@@ -859,6 +859,12 @@ Git so take care if using a foreign front-end.
specifies a ":" separated (on Windows ";" separated) list
of Git object directories which can be used to search for Git
objects. New objects will not be written to these directories.
+ Entries that begin with `"` (double-quote) will be interpreted
+ as C-style quoted paths, removing leading and trailing
+ double-quotes and respecting backslash escapes. E.g., the value
+ `"path-with-\"-and-:-in-it":vanilla-path` has two paths:
+ `path-with-"-and-:-in-it` and `vanilla-path`.
If the `GIT_DIR` environment variable is set then it