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Modify description file to say what this file is

A lot of people see this message for the first time on the gitweb
interface, where there is no clue as to what 'this file' means.

Signed-off-by: John Tapsell <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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Showing with 5 additions and 3 deletions.
  1. +4 −2 templates/hooks--update.sample
  2. +1 −1  templates/this--description
6 templates/hooks--update.sample
@@ -43,10 +43,12 @@ allowdeletetag=$(git config --bool hooks.allowdeletetag)
# check for no description
projectdesc=$(sed -e '1q' "$GIT_DIR/description")
-if [ -z "$projectdesc" -o "$projectdesc" = "Unnamed repository; edit this file to name it for gitweb." ]; then
+case "$projectdesc" in
+"Unnamed repository"* | "")
echo "*** Project description file hasn't been set" >&2
exit 1
+ ;;
# --- Check types
# if $newrev is 0000...0000, it's a commit to delete a ref.
2  templates/this--description
@@ -1 +1 @@
-Unnamed repository; edit this file to name it for gitweb.
+Unnamed repository; edit this file 'description' to name the repository.
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