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unpack-trees: add the dry_run flag to unpack_trees_options

Until now there was no way to test if unpack_trees() with update=1 would
succeed without really updating the work tree. The reason for that is that
setting update to 0 does skip the tests for new files and deactivates the
sparse handling, thereby making that unsuitable as a dry run.

Add the new dry_run flag to struct unpack_trees_options unpack_trees().
Setting that together with the update flag will check if the work tree
update would be successful without doing it for real.

The only class of problems that is not detected at the moment are file
system conditions like ENOSPC or missing permissions. Also the index
entries of updated files are not as they would be after a real checkout
because lstat() isn't run as the files aren't updated for real.

Signed-off-by: Jens Lehmann <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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commit 2c9078d05bf2200c9671e0b292638d42e7e4fd71 1 parent 5df3e2b
@jlehmann jlehmann authored committed
Showing with 4 additions and 3 deletions.
  1. +2 −2 unpack-trees.c
  2. +2 −1  unpack-trees.h
4 unpack-trees.c
@@ -203,7 +203,7 @@ static int check_updates(struct unpack_trees_options *o)
if (ce->ce_flags & CE_WT_REMOVE) {
display_progress(progress, ++cnt);
- if (o->update)
+ if (o->update && !o->dry_run)
@@ -217,7 +217,7 @@ static int check_updates(struct unpack_trees_options *o)
if (ce->ce_flags & CE_UPDATE) {
display_progress(progress, ++cnt);
ce->ce_flags &= ~CE_UPDATE;
- if (o->update) {
+ if (o->update && !o->dry_run) {
errs |= checkout_entry(ce, &state, NULL);
3  unpack-trees.h
@@ -46,7 +46,8 @@ struct unpack_trees_options {
- show_all_errors;
+ show_all_errors,
+ dry_run;
const char *prefix;
int cache_bottom;
struct dir_struct *dir;
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