Re: [PATCH] git-fetch --tags: deal with tags with spaces in them.

From: H. Peter Anvin <>
Date: 2005-10-13 01:47:12
H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> We can disallow whitespace, and we *have* to disallow at least newline 
> due to the file format; I believe we should disallow all control 
> characters (0-31, 127-159.)

Actually, disallowing anything 128 and above means knowing the encoding 
system.  If we enforce UTF-8, we should presumably disallow at the very 
least U+FFFE and U+FFFF too.

C99 contains a list of Unicode characters allowed in C identifiers.  I 
believe we should allow those characters (plus at a minimum -+.#:@) as 
well, but I'd much rather we didn't make those kinds of decisions for 
the user.  If we have *specific* characters we can't tolerate we should 
rule them out (like control characters), but even that occationally 
leads to major frustration on the part of the user: "why can't I use '.' 
in tag names in CVS"?

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