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Re: [MULTIBOOT2 SPEC PATCH v3 2/4] multiboot2: Use .gitignore files

From: Hans Ulrich Niedermann
Subject: Re: [MULTIBOOT2 SPEC PATCH v3 2/4] multiboot2: Use .gitignore files
Date: Wed, 13 May 2020 23:11:03 +0200

On Wed, 13 May 2020 18:21:11 +0200
Daniel Kiper <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Fri, May 08, 2020 at 06:50:47AM +0200, Hans Ulrich Niedermann
> wrote:
> > Add .gitignore file and remove the obsolete .bzrignore file.
> >
> > The doc/.gitignore file is generated by gnulib-tool so we keep
> > that file in addition to the top-level .gitignore file which
> > covers everything else in the subdirectory tree.  
> If it is generated by gnulib-tool why do we need to create it?

The alternatives to adding doc/.gitignore to the version controlled
files are to either

  a) have the top-level .gitignore file ignore "/doc/.gitignore"

  b) have the gnulib-generated doc/.gitignore file just flying around,
     neither .gitignored like all other generated files, nor under
     version control

Option a) sounds like the beginning of a road into world of very weird
and unexpected things, and option b) defeats the purpose of having any
.gitignore or .bzrignore etc. files at all.

I much prefer ignoring a few patterns which gnulib is considering
useful to be ignored at this time by adding doc/.gitignore. Well, now
that I am thinking about this...

  c) Maybe gnulib would recognize when the top-level .gitignore files
     does the job gnulib would create the doc/.gitignore file for. Then
     we would just have two more patterns in our top-level .gitignore
     file, and gnulib would not create a doc/.gitignore file.

I will have to investigate option c). I would prefer that over my
original option from the patch (adding the doc/.gitignore file as
generated by gnulib).


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