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Subject: Re: [boost] Executable files in Boost git repostories
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-12-04 03:01:29

On 12/3/2018 7:41 PM, Steven Watanabe via Boost wrote:
> On 12/03/2018 05:24 PM, Edward Diener via Boost wrote:
>> We have again run into the situation where files with a Linux executable
>> permission have been committed to various Boost git repositories, with
>> Jim King creating a PR and list of these files in Boost Admin. I have
>> fixed these for the repositories for which I have write access, and
>> created PRs for the other repositories. But this begs the question as to
>> what Boost's stance should be about adding actual executable files to a
>> Boost git repository ? As an example a Linux bash command file was added
>> to a particular repository and I created a PR to remove the executable
>> file permission from the file. But the maintainer of the repository
>> feels this is wrong and the Linux bash file should retain the executable
>> file permissions and that the file should be part of the repository. But
>> of course I am more interested here about the general principal of the
>> matter. Obviously operating system command/batch files are executable
>> files, but should they be so in a repository.
> Yes.
>> Finally should be not have some sort of git hook that somehow eliminates
>> this recurring problem of files with executable permissions being
>> periodically committed to a Boost git repository ? Most all of the files
>> I "fixed" or created PRs for are clearly source files what can not be
>> "executed" in any way. But this happening again is a real problem to
>> have to clean up each time.
> That would be reasonable as long as it doesn't accidentally
> reject files that should be executable.

Then probably the right thing to so is to establish which file types are
not executable files and then check only those file types to see if they
have the executable bit set and reject the push if any of them do.
Working the opposite way it would be much too easy erroneously
identifying a file as not executable when it might be.

> In Christ,
> Steven Watanabe
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