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authorJulian Phillips <>2007-03-26 23:15:32 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-03-31 08:26:28 (GMT)
commit4f01748d51b530c297eeb5a0ece9af923d5db937 (patch)
tree60b08785d05b76835af4bfedd8f75cd3ca37d40e /contrib/workdir
parent4557e0de5b7ef9d25cc7618ca37ae5f1acf82806 (diff)
contrib/workdir: add a simple script to create a working directory
Add a simple script to create a working directory that uses symlinks to point at an exisiting repository. This allows having different branches in different working directories but all from the same repository. Based on a description from Junio of how he creates multiple working directories[1]. With the following caveat: "This risks confusion for an uninitiated if you update a ref that is checked out in another working tree, but modulo that caveat it works reasonably well." [1] Signed-off-by: Julian Phillips <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/contrib/workdir/git-new-workdir b/contrib/workdir/git-new-workdir
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+usage () {
+ echo "usage:" $@
+ exit 127
+die () {
+ echo $@
+ exit 128
+if test $# -lt 2 || test $# -gt 3
+ usage "$0 <repository> <new_workdir> [<branch>]"
+# want to make sure that what is pointed to has a .git directory ...
+test -d "$orig_git/.git" || die "\"$orig_git\" is not a git repository!"
+# don't link to a workdir
+if test -L "$orig_git/.git/config"
+ die "\"$orig_git\" is a working directory only, please specify" \
+ "a complete repository."
+# make sure the the links use full paths
+orig_git=$(cd "$orig_git"; pwd)
+# create the workdir
+mkdir -p "$new_workdir/.git" || die "unable to create \"$new_workdir\"!"
+# create the links to the original repo. explictly exclude index, HEAD and
+# logs/HEAD from the list since they are purely related to the current working
+# directory, and should not be shared.
+for x in config refs logs/refs objects info hooks packed-refs remotes rr-cache
+ case $x in
+ */*)
+ mkdir -p "$(dirname "$new_workdir/.git/$x")"
+ ;;
+ esac
+ ln -s "$orig_git/.git/$x" "$new_workdir/.git/$x"
+# now setup the workdir
+cd "$new_workdir"
+# copy the HEAD from the original repository as a default branch
+cp "$orig_git/.git/HEAD" .git/HEAD
+# checkout the branch (either the same as HEAD from the original repository, or
+# the one that was asked for)
+git checkout -f $branch