[SOLVED?] Recovery of deleted ports fails due to pre-commit checks

Stefan Esser se at freebsd.org
Tue May 4 10:12:54 UTC 2021

Am 04.05.21 um 11:46 schrieb Mathieu Arnold:
> On Mon, May 03, 2021 at 09:54:36PM +0200, Stefan Esser wrote:
>> Am 03.05.21 um 09:01 schrieb Mathieu Arnold:
>>> On Sat, May 01, 2021 at 09:01:02PM +0200, Stefan Esser wrote:
>>>> The recovery of deleted ports in their previous form is rejected
>>>> by the pre-commit checks on the repository server:
>>>> remote:
>>>> remote: ================================================================
>>>> remote: Do not commit ports without TIMESTAMP in their distinfo files.
>>>> remote: Rerun make makesum to add it.
>>>> remote: ================================================================
>>>> remote:
>>>> I have tried to revert the deletion with unchanged files and then
>>>> updated the ports' Makefiles and distinfo files in a later commit.
>>>> Pushing those commits all together fails with the message above,
>>>> and in order to not confuse GIT, deleted files should be committed
>>>> first, before applying any changes.
>>> This is not needed at all, Git cannot get confused by something it has
>>> no knowledge of. Once a file is deleted, or moved, the history tracking
>>> stops.
>> I wanted to re-connect the resurrected files to the history of the port.
>> And that works best, if unmodified files are committed first, changes
>> applied and committed thereafter.
>> Did you try "git log multimedia/transcode"?
>> The history is there, back to 2002.
> Yeah, but this has nothing to do with you commiting unmodified files.
> Git does not track file renames or moves (or resurrection), it blindly
> looks at what you told it and goes as far as it can find things.

Yes, sure, but the general advice when moving around files in GIT
repositories is: First move and commit unchanged, then modify in
place and commit again. And I was under the impression that the
same advice applies to files that have been deleted and are brought
back - GIT can identify and reconnect them in a way that preserves
history only by guessing, and I wanted to make it as easy as possible
for GIT, since I have watched GIT to get trivial operations of that
kind wrong in grotesque ways ...


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