Jonathan Nieder  committed 2c162b5

gitweb: do not misparse nonnumeric content tag files that contain a digit

v1.7.6-rc0~27^2~4 (gitweb: Change the way "content tags" ('ctags') are
handled, 2011-04-29) tried to make gitweb's tag cloud feature more
intuitive for webmasters by checking whether the ctags/<label> under
a project's .git dir contains a number (representing the strength of
association to <label>) before treating it as one.

With that change, after putting '$feature{'ctags'}{'default'} = [1];'
in your $GITWEB_CONFIG, you could do

echo Linux >.git/ctags/linux

and gitweb would treat that as a request to tag the current repository
with the Linux tag, instead of the previous behavior of writing an
error page embedded in the projects list that triggers error messages
from Chromium and Firefox about malformed XML.

Unfortunately the pattern (\d+) used to match numbers is too loose,
and the "XML declaration allowed only at the start of the document"
error can still be experienced if you write "Linux-2.6" in place of
"Linux" in the example above. Fix it by tightening the pattern to

Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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File gitweb/gitweb.perl

 			close $ct;
 			(my $ctag = $tagfile) =~ s#.*/##;
-			if ($val =~ /\d+/) {
+			if ($val =~ /^\d+$/) {
 				$ctags->{$ctag} = $val;
 			} else {
 				$ctags->{$ctag} = 1;

File t/

 	'ctags: search projects by non existent tag' \
 	'gitweb_run "by_tag=non-existent"'
+test_expect_success \
+	'ctags: malformed tag weights' \
+	'mkdir -p .git/ctags &&
+	 echo "not-a-number" > .git/ctags/nan &&
+	 echo "not-a-number-2" > .git/ctags/nan2 &&
+	 echo "0.1" >.git/ctags/floating-point &&
+	 gitweb_run'
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