sparse-index: create expand_index()

This is the first change in a series to allow modifying the
sparse-checkout pattern set without expanding a sparse index to a full
one in the process. Here, we focus on the problem of expanding the
pattern set through a command like 'git sparse-checkout add <path>'
which needs to create new index entries for the paths now being written
to the worktree.

To achieve this, we need to be able to replace sparse directory entries
with their contained files and subdirectories. Once this is complete,
other code paths can discover those cache entries and write the
corresponding files to disk before committing the index.

We already have logic in ensure_full_index() that expands the index
entries, so we will use that as our base. Create a new method,
expand_index(), which takes a pattern list, but for now mostly ignores
it. The current implementation is only correct when the pattern list is
NULL as that does the same as ensure_full_index(). In fact,
ensure_full_index() is converted to a shim over expand_index().

A future update will actually implement expand_index() to its full
capabilities. For now, it is created and documented.

Signed-off-by: Derrick Stolee <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
This commit is contained in:
Derrick Stolee 2022-05-23 13:48:39 +00:00 committed by Junio C Hamano
parent 8846847a14
commit dce241b020
2 changed files with 42 additions and 3 deletions

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@ -248,19 +248,40 @@ static int add_path_to_index(const struct object_id *oid,
return 0;
void ensure_full_index(struct index_state *istate)
void expand_index(struct index_state *istate, struct pattern_list *pl)
int i;
struct index_state *full;
struct strbuf base = STRBUF_INIT;
const char *tr_region;
* If the index is already full, then keep it full. We will convert
* it to a sparse index on write, if possible.
if (!istate || !istate->sparse_index)
* If our index is sparse, but our new pattern set does not use
* cone mode patterns, then we need to expand the index before we
* continue. A NULL pattern set indicates a full expansion to a
* full index.
if (pl && !pl->use_cone_patterns)
pl = NULL;
if (!istate->repo)
istate->repo = the_repository;
trace2_region_enter("index", "ensure_full_index", istate->repo);
* A NULL pattern set indicates we are expanding a full index, so
* we use a special region name that indicates the full expansion.
* This is used by test cases, but also helps to differentiate the
* two cases.
tr_region = pl ? "expand_index" : "ensure_full_index";
trace2_region_enter("index", tr_region, istate->repo);
/* initialize basics of new index */
full = xcalloc(1, sizeof(struct index_state));
@ -322,7 +343,12 @@ void ensure_full_index(struct index_state *istate)
cache_tree_update(istate, 0);
trace2_region_leave("index", "ensure_full_index", istate->repo);
trace2_region_leave("index", tr_region, istate->repo);
void ensure_full_index(struct index_state *istate)
expand_index(istate, NULL);
void ensure_correct_sparsity(struct index_state *istate)

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@ -23,4 +23,17 @@ void expand_to_path(struct index_state *istate,
struct repository;
int set_sparse_index_config(struct repository *repo, int enable);
struct pattern_list;
* Scan the given index and compare its entries to the given pattern list.
* If the index is sparse and the pattern list uses cone mode patterns,
* then modify the index to contain the all of the file entries within that
* new pattern list. This expands sparse directories only as far as needed.
* If the pattern list is NULL or does not use cone mode patterns, then the
* index is expanded to a full index.
void expand_index(struct index_state *istate, struct pattern_list *pl);