Re: [PATCH v2 1/1] config: work around bug with includeif:onbranch and early config
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Jeff King
Johannes Schindelin
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Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
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Junio C Hamano
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Jeff Hostetler
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Date
2019-08-01 17:24:17 UTC


On 7/31/2019 8:49 PM, Jeff King wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 07:12:57PM -0400, Jeff King wrote:
> 
>> Hrm. But common-main calls initialize_the_repository(), which points it
>> at &the_repo. And I can't find any other assignments. So how does it
>> become NULL? And is every caller of have_git_dir() at risk of
>> segfaulting?
>>
>> Ah, I see. I think it is that trace2 reads the configuration very early.
>> I think we ought to do this:
>>
>> diff --git a/common-main.c b/common-main.c
>> index 582a7b1886..89fd415e55 100644
>> --- a/common-main.c
>> +++ b/common-main.c
>> @@ -39,14 +39,14 @@ int main(int argc, const char **argv)
>>   
>>   	git_resolve_executable_dir(argv[0]);
>>   
>> +	initialize_the_repository();
>> +
>>   	trace2_initialize();
>>   	trace2_cmd_start(argv);
>>   	trace2_collect_process_info(TRACE2_PROCESS_INFO_STARTUP);
>>   
>>   	git_setup_gettext();
>>   
>> -	initialize_the_repository();
>> -
>>   	attr_start();
>>   
>>   	result = cmd_main(argc, argv);
> 
> By the way, I wondered why trace2's existing config reading did not
> cause us to segfault because of this. It is because it invented the
> "very early config" function which always ignores some config sources
> (working around this problem, but also making it weirdly unlike most
> other config).

Yes, I added the "very early config" to try to work around some of
the chicken-n-egg problems.  I can't say that I was completely happy
with having to do that.  I haven't had time to play with your patch
suggestion here, but I think it would be fine to do if it will help
with the original problem.

In [1] I added code to just start the clock in isolation (rather than
being part of the trace2_initialize() -- which does all the config
loading and subsystem initialization).  So it is OK to let the
trace2_initialize() run a little later.  (Part of the reason for that
split was to allow git_resolve_executable_dir() to run first, since
that data was needed to find the location of the system config relative
to the exe path (sigh).)

[1] a089724958a trace2: refactor setting process starting time


So, as you suggested in your previous response, something like
this would/should be fine.

$ git diff
diff --git a/common-main.c b/common-main.c
index 582a7b1886..71e21dd20a 100644
--- a/common-main.c
+++ b/common-main.c
@@ -39,16 +39,16 @@ int main(int argc, const char **argv)

         git_resolve_executable_dir(argv[0]);

-       trace2_initialize();
-       trace2_cmd_start(argv);
-       trace2_collect_process_info(TRACE2_PROCESS_INFO_STARTUP);
-
         git_setup_gettext();

         initialize_the_repository();

         attr_start();

+       trace2_initialize();
+       trace2_cmd_start(argv);
+       trace2_collect_process_info(TRACE2_PROCESS_INFO_STARTUP);
+
         result = cmd_main(argc, argv);

         trace2_cmd_exit(result);