Christian Couder  committed d3e54c8

git-bisect: make "start", "good" and "skip" succeed or fail atomically

Before this patch, when "git bisect start", "git bisect good" or
"git bisect skip" were called with many revisions, they could fail
after having already marked some revisions as "good", "bad" or

This could be especilally bad for "git bisect start" because as
the file ".git/BISECT_NAMES" would not have been written, there
would have been no attempt to clear the marked revisions on a
"git bisect reset". That's because if there is no
".git/BISECT_NAMES" file, nothing is done to clean things up, as
the bisect session is not supposed to have started.

While at it, let's also create the ".git/BISECT_START" file, only
after ".git/BISECT_NAMES" as been created.

Signed-off-by: Christian Couder <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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 	head=$(GIT_DIR="$GIT_DIR" git symbolic-ref -q HEAD) ||
 	head=$(GIT_DIR="$GIT_DIR" git rev-parse --verify HEAD) ||
 	die "Bad HEAD - I need a HEAD"
+	start_head=''
 	case "$head" in
 		if [ -s "$GIT_DIR/BISECT_START" ]; then
 		# This error message should only be triggered by cogito usage,
 		# and cogito users should understand it relates to cg-seek.
 		[ -s "$GIT_DIR/head-name" ] && die "won't bisect on seeked tree"
-		echo "${head#refs/heads/}" >"$GIT_DIR/BISECT_START"
+		start_head="${head#refs/heads/}"
 		die "Bad HEAD - strange symbolic ref"
 	orig_args=$(sq "$@")
+	eval=''
 	while [ $# -gt 0 ]; do
 	    case "$arg" in
 		0) state='bad' ; bad_seen=1 ;;
 		*) state='good' ;;
-		bisect_write "$state" "$rev" 'nolog'
+		eval="$eval bisect_write '$state' '$rev' 'nolog'; "
 	sq "$@" >"$GIT_DIR/BISECT_NAMES"
+	test -n "$start_head" && echo "$start_head" >"$GIT_DIR/BISECT_START"
+	eval "$eval"
 	echo "git-bisect start$orig_args" >>"$GIT_DIR/BISECT_LOG"
 		bisect_write "$state" "$rev" ;;
+		eval=''
 		for rev in "$@"
 			sha=$(git rev-parse --verify "$rev^{commit}") ||
 				die "Bad rev input: $rev"
-			bisect_write "$state" "$sha"
-		done ;;
+			eval="$eval bisect_write '$state' '$sha'; "
+		done
+		eval "$eval" ;;
 		die "'git bisect bad' can take only one argument." ;;

File t/

 	git bisect next
-test_expect_success 'bisect good and bad fails if not given only revs' '
+test_expect_success 'bisect fails if given any junk instead of revs' '
 	git bisect reset &&
+	test_must_fail git bisect start foo $HASH1 -- &&
+	test_must_fail git bisect start $HASH4 $HASH1 bar -- &&
+	test -z "$(git for-each-ref "refs/bisect/*")" &&
+	test_must_fail ls .git/BISECT_* &&
 	git bisect start &&
 	test_must_fail git bisect good foo $HASH1 &&
 	test_must_fail git bisect good $HASH1 bar &&
 	test_must_fail git bisect bad $HASH3 $HASH4 &&
 	test_must_fail git bisect skip bar $HASH3 &&
 	test_must_fail git bisect skip $HASH1 foo &&
+	test -z "$(git for-each-ref "refs/bisect/*")" &&
 	git bisect good $HASH1 &&
 	git bisect bad $HASH4