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authorJohannes Schindelin <>2016-07-26 16:06:02 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2016-07-26 18:13:44 (GMT)
commitf241ff0d0a9ddb84b2f673a1b7a92fea0d6add3a (patch)
tree31a63632ae8070df7b557b0d6ec2e7ea416c825f /builtin
parentf8d83fb66c653fff0541067a0b5a0821d3f548f9 (diff)
prepare the builtins for a libified merge_recursive()
Previously, callers of merge_trees() or merge_recursive() expected that code to die() with an error message. This used to be okay because we called those commands from scripts, and had a chance to print out a message in case the command failed fatally (read: with exit code 128). As scripting incurs its own set of problems (portability, speed, idiosyncrasies of different shells, limited data structures leading to inefficient code), we are converting more and more of these scripts into builtins, using library functions directly. We already tried to use merge_recursive() directly in the builtin git-am, for example. Unfortunately, we had to roll it back temporarily because some of the code in merge-recursive.c still deemed it okay to call die(), when the builtin am code really wanted to print out a useful advice after the merge failed fatally. In the next commits, we want to fix that. The code touched by this commit expected merge_trees() to die() with some useful message when there is an error condition, but merge_trees() is going to be improved by converting all die() calls to return error() instead (i.e. return value -1 after printing out the message as before), so that the caller can react more flexibly. This is a step to prepare for the version of merge_trees() that no longer dies, even if we just imitate the previous behavior by calling exit(128): this is what callers of e.g. `git merge` have come to expect. Note that the callers of the sequencer (revert and cherry-pick) already fail fast even for the return value -1; The only difference is that they now get a chance to say "<command> failed". A caller of merge_trees() might want handle error messages themselves (or even suppress them). As this patch is already complex enough, we leave that change for a later patch. Signed-off-by: Johannes Schindelin <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'builtin')
2 files changed, 5 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/builtin/checkout.c b/builtin/checkout.c
index 27c1a05..07dea3b 100644
--- a/builtin/checkout.c
+++ b/builtin/checkout.c
@@ -567,8 +567,10 @@ static int merge_working_tree(const struct checkout_opts *opts,
o.ancestor = old->name;
o.branch1 = new->name;
o.branch2 = "local";
- merge_trees(&o, new->commit->tree, work,
+ ret = merge_trees(&o, new->commit->tree, work,
old->commit->tree, &result);
+ if (ret < 0)
+ exit(128);
ret = reset_tree(new->commit->tree, opts, 0,
if (ret)
diff --git a/builtin/merge.c b/builtin/merge.c
index 19b3bc2..148a9a5 100644
--- a/builtin/merge.c
+++ b/builtin/merge.c
@@ -673,6 +673,8 @@ static int try_merge_strategy(const char *strategy, struct commit_list *common,
hold_locked_index(&lock, 1);
clean = merge_recursive(&o, head,
remoteheads->item, reversed, &result);
+ if (clean < 0)
+ exit(128);
if (active_cache_changed &&
write_locked_index(&the_index, &lock, COMMIT_LOCK))
die (_("unable to write %s"), get_index_file());