Re: [PATCH] Additional merge-base tests

From: Junio C Hamano <junkio@cox.net>
Date: 2006-07-04 20:38:56
Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de> writes:

> We could introduce a time.maximumSkew variable, and just walk only 
> that much further when traversing the commits.
>
> So, if you do not trust your clients to have a proper ntp setup, just say 
> "I trust my peers to be off at most 1 day". That would save lots vs 
> traverse-everything.

The problem ALASCM's example demonstrates does rely on clock
skews.  The timestamps used in the example looked like this:


   1   1
  /  \/  \
 4  -1   4
 |   |   |
 3  -2   3
 |   |   |
 2  -3   2
   \ |  /
     0

The crucial clock skew the case relies on is that the tip of the
middle branch (-1) is older than the common commit (0).  But the
topmost commits with timestamp 1 could be with timestamp 5 to
correct the clock skew and still make the example "fail".

   5   5
  /  \/  \
 4  -1   4
 |   |   |
 3  -2   3
 |   |   |
 2  -3   2
   \ |  /
     0

However, I am not sure how you are going to use that maximumSkew
variable.  The evil owner of the middle branch may have started
running a "git am" to commit 4-patch series just when the
machine's clock jumped back by 3 seconds, at the pace of 1 patch
a second.  Then he pushes '0' out on "master" branch, and the
three commits on top of that on "next" branch.

Two days later, two friends build left and right strands of
pearls based on the "master" branch of the evil owner of the
middle branch.  Maybe they do that one patch a day.  On the
fifth day, they both merge the "next" branch.

The point is that it does not require a very large clock skew to
trigger this.

-
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at  http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Received on Tue Jul 04 20:39:33 2006

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : 2006-07-04 20:39:58 EST