Re: [PATCH] git-status: Show empty directories

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On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Leila <muhtasib@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM, Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Leila <muhtasib@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>>> Having said all that, I personally doubt this is a useful change.  I
>>>> may have thought of adding a README file to a relatively new project that
>>>> does not yet have one while in shower but I haven't even created the
>>>> file in the working tree.  And I forget about it once I get to the
>>>> office.  Should the system remind me to create README and then add?
>>>> Your patch would not give me such a reminder once the top-level
>>>> directory is populated (because it is no longer empty).  Even if I
>>>> were planning to add Documentation/README instead, I would get such
>>>> a reminder only if the Documentation directory is empty. Once the
>>>> directory is populated, I wouldn't get "create README and then add".
>>>> Why should an empty directory so special?
>> Please read what you quoted again.  I may have forgotten to create
>> and add README
>>  - at the toplevel directory; or
>>  - in the Documentation directory that already has other tracked
>>   files; or
>>  - in the Documentation directory that does not have any file yet.
>> Why do I get a reminder for only the last case?  Also please realize
>> that at no point in the scenario I am interested in adding an empty
>> directory.  "How does one add empty directories" is irrelevant to my
>> question.
>> A more reasonable answer would have been "the reminder is not about
>> a yet-to-be-created README file, but is about an empty directory you
>> might have wanted to place something---there is no way for Git to
>> guess that you wanted the new file to be README, but at least having
>> a totally empty directory laying around may be an indication that
>> you wanted to do something intereseting in it but haven't yet".  If
>> the proposed commit log message justified the behaviour to treat
>> only the third one specially that way, I suspect it may make some
>> sense.
> I apologize, I misread the scenario and thought you were asking a
> different question.
> The patch/new implementation I put forth reminds you that you have an
> empty dir. The reminder that you have an empty dir  isn't about a
> yet-to-be-created README file, but about an empty directory that you
> may have wanted to do something interesting in but haven't yet (like
> create a README/some other file or delete it even). It servers as
> helpful reminder to do something with that empty dir. Is that better?

Oh and since it's not about the reminder to add a README file, it
doesn't do anything for the first 2 cases that you mention. Adding a
README is just an example of a use case for this patch.

That being said, I like the idea that you put forth about changing the
wording of the message next to the empty dir to something more
constructive or alert like, so the user can take action regarding the
empty dir.
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