A bug in Git

This is a copy of a mail I sent to the git mailing list.

Below the fold is a git bugreport-generated report of a bug with git apply --cached --reject, which I have reproduced in three different environments. Summary: we do not correctly stage the removal of a file if there is also an unrelated change that cannot be applied.

I don’t think this behaviour is intended; in the report I give a couple of variations which correctly do what I expected, and this one breaks the semantics I expect, given the behaviour of those variations. I have not tried to find the source of the bug.


Patrick Stevens

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What did you do before the bug happened? (Steps to reproduce your issue)

Complete reproduction instructions:

mkdir badrepo && cd badrepo && git init
echo "start" >> file.txt && git add file.txt && git commit -m "Initial
git tag initialcommit
echo "another" >> another.txt && git add another.txt && git commit -m
"Something else"
git tag commit2
git rm another.txt && git rm file.txt && git commit -m "Remove both"
git tag commit3
git checkout initialcommit
git diff commit2 commit3 | git apply --reject --cached

What did you expect to happen? (Expected behavior)

We should be left detached at tag initialcommit, with the working copy clean (i.e. containing only file.txt), and with the deletion of file.txt staged.

What happened instead? (Actual behavior)

The final git apply correctly leaves us detached at tag initialcommit, with a clean working copy, but incorrectly the deletion of file.txt is not staged: the index is also clean.

What’s different between what you expected and what actually happened?

The file file.txt should have had its deletion staged, because this is part of the diff which could apply cleanly.

Anything else you want to add:

If I delete the --cached from the last line, the right thing happens: the working copy has file.txt deleted in the working copy but the deletion is not staged. If instead I remove the git rm another.txt, then similarly the right thing happens: now we end up with the deletion of file.txt staged (but the working copy is correctly unchanged).

I have reproduced this using git version 2.24.1.windows.2, as well as 2.29.2 built on Windows using the WSL and invoked through WSL, as well as from the Mac HomeBrew install where I produced this bug report.

Please review the rest of the bug report below. You can delete any lines you don’t wish to share.

[System Info] git version: git version 2.29.2 cpu: x86_64 no commit associated with this build sizeof-long: 8 sizeof-size_t: 8 shell-path: /bin/sh uname: Darwin 18.7.0 Darwin Kernel Version 18.7.0: Mon Aug 31 20:53:32 PDT 2020; root:xnu-4903.278.44~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 compiler info: clang: 11.0.0 (clang-1100.0.33.17) libc info: no libc information available $SHELL (typically, interactive shell): /bin/zsh

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