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New GitRepo.dirty doesn't ignore nested empty directories #3196

kyleam opened this issue Mar 5, 2019 · 0 comments

New GitRepo.dirty doesn't ignore nested empty directories #3196

kyleam opened this issue Mar 5, 2019 · 0 comments


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@kyleam kyleam commented Mar 5, 2019

git status and GitRepo.is_dirty() ignore an empty subdirectory that is in an otherwise empty directory. The new .dirty based on -revolution's .status reports this scenario as dirty.


set -xe

tmpdir=$(mktemp -dt dl-dirt-XXXXXX)
cd $tmpdir

git init
mkdir -p one/two
git status

python -c "import datalad.api as dl; print(dl.Dataset('.').repo.is_dirty())"
python -c "import datalad.api as dl; print(dl.Dataset('.').repo.dirty)"
+ mktemp -dt dl-dirt-XXXXXX
+ tmpdir=/tmp/dl-dirt-ydExrD
+ cd /tmp/dl-dirt-ydExrD
+ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in /tmp/dl-dirt-ydExrD/.git/
+ mkdir -p one/two
+ git status
On branch master

No commits yet

nothing to commit
+ python -c import datalad.api as dl; print(dl.Dataset('.').repo.is_dirty())
+ python -c import datalad.api as dl; print(dl.Dataset('.').repo.dirty)
Test case
diff --git a/datalad/support/tests/ b/datalad/support/tests/
index b4c78e98b..97f35953f 100644
--- a/datalad/support/tests/
+++ b/datalad/support/tests/
@@ -796,6 +796,13 @@ def test_GitRepo_dirty(path):
     repo.commit("file1.txt modified")
     ok_(not repo.dirty)
+    # An empty directory doesn't count as dirty.
+    os.mkdir(op.join(path, "empty"))
+    ok_(not repo.dirty)
+    # Neither does an empty directory with an otherwise empty directory.
+    os.mkdir(op.join(path, "empty", "empty-again"))
+    ok_(not repo.dirty)
     # TODO: submodules
@kyleam kyleam changed the title New GitRepo.dirty doesn't ignored nested empty directories New GitRepo.dirty doesn't ignore nested empty directories Mar 5, 2019
@mih mih self-assigned this Mar 6, 2019
@kyleam kyleam closed this in 12e2753 Mar 6, 2019
yarikoptic added a commit to yarikoptic/datalad that referenced this issue Mar 15, 2019
original commit was

    BF: Repo.dirty will not report on nested empty datasets (fixes dataladgh-3196)

but the test passes in 0.11.x so I assume that situation is not relevant to
0.11.x but good to have a test and shouldn't cause conflict - identical
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