Git 2.5.3 released to fix issues with v.2.5.2

Git 2.5.3 recently released, is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. It outclasses SCM tools like Subversion, CVS, Perforce, and ClearCase with features like cheap local branching, convenient staging areas, and multiple workflows.

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Git 2.5.3 changelog since v2.5.2

  • The experimental untracked-cache feature were buggy when paths with a few levels of subdirectories are involved.
  • Recent versions of scripted “git am” has a performance regression in “git am –skip” codepath, which no longer exists in the built-in version on the ‘master’ front. Fix the regression in the last scripted version that appear in 2.5.x maintenance track and older
  • “git init empty && git -C empty log” said “bad default revision ‘HEAD'”, which was found to be a bit confusing to new users.
  • The “interpret-trailers” helper mistook a multi-paragraph title of a commit log message with a colon in it as the end of the trailer block.
  • When re-priming the cache-tree opportunistically while committing the in-core index as-is, we mistakenly invalidated the in-core index too aggressively, causing the experimental split-index code
    to unnecessarily rewrite the on-disk index file(s).
  • “git archive” did not use zip64 extension when creating an archive with more than 64k entries, which nobody should need, right ;-)?
  • The code in “multiple-worktree” support that attempted to recover from an inconsistent state updated an incorrect file.
  • “git rev-list” does not take “–notes” option, but did not complain when one is given.
  • Because the configuration system does not allow “alias.0foo” and “pager.0foo” as the configuration key, the user cannot use ‘0foo’ as a custom command name anyway, but “git 0foo” tried to look these keys up and emitted useless warnings before saying ‘0foo is not a git command’. These warning messages have been squelched.
  • We recently rewrote one of the build scripts in Perl, which made it necessary to have Perl to build Git. Reduced Perl dependency by rewriting it again using sed.
  • t1509 test that requires a dedicated VM environment had some bitrot, which has been corrected.
  • strbuf_read() used to have one extra iteration (and an unnecessary strbuf_grow() of 8kB), which was eliminated.
  • The codepath to produce error messages had a hard-coded limit to the size of the message, primarily to avoid memory allocation while calling die().
  • When trying to see that an object does not exist, a state errno leaked from our “first try to open a packfile with O_NOATIME and then if it fails retry without it” logic on a system that refuses
    O_NOATIME. This confused us and caused us to die, saying that the packfile is unreadable, when we should have just reported that the object does not exist in that packfile to the caller.
  • An off-by-one error made “git remote” to mishandle a remote with a single letter nickname.
  • A handful of codepaths that used to use fixed-sized arrays to hold pathnames have been corrected to use strbuf and other mechanisms to allow longer pathnames without fearing overflows.
  • Also contains typofixes, documentation updates and trivial code clean-ups.

Install GIT 2.5.3 on Ubuntu OS

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pdoes/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install git
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