reset: remove 'reset.refresh' config option

Remove the 'reset.refresh' option, requiring that users explicitly specify
'--no-refresh' if they want to skip refreshing the index.

The 'reset.refresh' option was introduced in 101cee42dd (reset: introduce
--[no-]refresh option to --mixed, 2022-03-11) as a replacement for the
refresh-skipping behavior originally controlled by 'reset.quiet'.

Although 'reset.refresh=false' functionally served the same purpose as
'reset.quiet=true', it exposed [1] the fact that the existence of a global
"skip refresh" option could potentially cause problems for users. Allowing a
global config option to avoid refreshing the index forces scripts using 'git
reset --mixed' to defensively use '--refresh' if index refresh is expected;
if that option is missing, behavior of a script could vary from user-to-user
without explanation.

Furthermore, globally disabling index refresh in 'reset --mixed' was
initially devised as a passive performance improvement; since the
introduction of the option, other changes have been made to Git (e.g., the
sparse index) with a greater potential performance impact without
sacrificing index correctness. Therefore, we can more aggressively err on
the side of correctness and limit the cases of skipping index refresh to
only when a user specifies the '--no-refresh' option.


Signed-off-by: Victoria Dye <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Victoria Dye 6 months ago committed by Junio C Hamano
parent 2efc9b84e5
commit 7cff6765fe
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@ -109,9 +109,7 @@ OPTIONS
Proactively refresh the index after a mixed reset. If unspecified, the
behavior falls back on the `reset.refresh` config option. If neither
`--[no-]refresh` nor `reset.refresh` are set, refresh is enabled.
Refresh the index after a mixed reset. Enabled by default.
Pathspec is passed in `<file>` instead of commandline args. If

@ -423,7 +423,6 @@ int cmd_reset(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
git_config(git_reset_config, NULL);
git_config_get_bool("reset.refresh", &refresh);
argc = parse_options(argc, argv, prefix, options, git_reset_usage,
@ -529,8 +528,7 @@ int cmd_reset(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
t_delta_in_ms = (getnanotime() - t_begin) / 1000000;
if (!quiet && advice_enabled(ADVICE_RESET_NO_REFRESH_WARNING) && t_delta_in_ms > REFRESH_INDEX_DELAY_WARNING_IN_MS) {
advise(_("It took %.2f seconds to refresh the index after reset. You can use\n"
"'--no-refresh' to avoid this. Set the config setting reset.refresh to false\n"
"to make this the default."), t_delta_in_ms / 1000.0);
"'--no-refresh' to avoid this."), t_delta_in_ms / 1000.0);
} else {

@ -493,19 +493,9 @@ test_expect_success '--mixed refreshes the index' '
test_expect_success '--mixed --[no-]refresh sets refresh behavior' '
# Verify that --[no-]refresh and `reset.refresh` control index refresh
# Config setting
test_reset_refreshes_index "-c reset.refresh=true" &&
! test_reset_refreshes_index "-c reset.refresh=false" &&
# Command line option
# Verify that --[no-]refresh controls index refresh
test_reset_refreshes_index "" --refresh &&
! test_reset_refreshes_index "" --no-refresh &&
# Command line option overrides config setting
test_reset_refreshes_index "-c reset.refresh=false" --refresh &&
! test_reset_refreshes_index "-c reset.refresh=true" --no-refresh
! test_reset_refreshes_index "" --no-refresh
test_expect_success '--mixed preserves skip-worktree' '