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authorRamsay Jones <>2011-06-16 20:22:16 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2011-06-16 22:02:31 (GMT)
commitb8a9733377a648483958bf5472158f7c01641420 (patch)
treed541bc3b741bdce14279bbd8959886a20ed1d5c3 /help.c
parent2c162b56f370f5c33e6a945e6922d598006c5ec4 (diff)
help.c: Fix detection of custom merge strategy on cygwin
Test fails on cygwin when git-merge fails with an "Could not find merge strategy 'theirs'" error, despite the test correctly preparing an (executable) git-merge-theirs script. The cause of the failure is the mis-detection of the executable status of the script, by the is_executable() function, while the load_command_list() function is searching the path for additional merge strategy programs. Note that the l/stat() "functions" on cygwin are somewhat schizophrenic (see commits adbc0b6, 7faee6b and 7974843), and their behaviour depends on the timing of various git setup and config function calls. In particular, until the "git_dir" has been set (have_git_dir() returns true), the real cygwin (POSIX emulating) l/stat() functions are called. Once "git_dir" has been set, the "native Win32 API" implementations of l/stat() may, or may not, be called depending on the setting of the core.filemode and core.ignorecygwinfstricks config variables. We also note that, since commit c869753, core.filemode is forced to false, even on NTFS, by git-init and git-clone. A user (or a test) can, of course, reset core.filemode to true explicitly if the filesystem supports it (and he doesn't use any problematic windows software). The test-suite currently runs all tests on cygwin with core.filemode set to false. Given the above, we see that the built-in merge strategies are correctly detected as executable, since they are checked for before "git_dir" is set, whereas all custom merge strategies are not, since they are checked for after "git_dir" is set. In order to fix the mis-detection problem, we change the code in is_executable() to re-use the conditional WIN32 code section, which actually looks at the content of the file to determine if the file is executable. On cygwin we also make the additional code conditional on the executable bit of the file mode returned by the initial stat() call. (only the real cygwin function would set the executable bit in the file mode.) Signed-off-by: Ramsay Jones <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'help.c')
1 files changed, 4 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/help.c b/help.c
index 7654f1b..e925ca1 100644
--- a/help.c
+++ b/help.c
@@ -127,7 +127,10 @@ static int is_executable(const char *name)
return 0;
-#ifdef WIN32
+#if defined(WIN32) || defined(__CYGWIN__)
+#if defined(__CYGWIN__)
+if ((st.st_mode & S_IXUSR) == 0)
{ /* cannot trust the executable bit, peek into the file instead */
char buf[3] = { 0 };
int n;