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authorJunio C Hamano <>2014-12-17 11:18:45 -0800
committerJunio C Hamano <>2014-12-17 11:18:45 -0800
commit5c8213a7696b3d9e29feda2516e350d03d7bd9a4 (patch)
parent2aa910084681a6cbfb0928b2d9c4d0f9ce54e1b8 (diff)
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/RelNotes/ b/Documentation/RelNotes/
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@@ -0,0 +1,34 @@
+Git v1.8.5.6 Release Notes
+Fixes since v1.8.5.5
+ * We used to allow committing a path ".Git/config" with Git that is
+   running on a case sensitive filesystem, but an attempt to check out
+   such a path with Git that runs on a case insensitive filesystem
+   would have clobbered ".git/config", which is definitely not what
+   the user would have expected.  Git now prevents you from tracking
+   a path with ".Git" (in any case combination) as a path component.
+ * On Windows, certain path components that are different from ".git"
+   are mapped to ".git", e.g. "git~1/config" is treated as if it were
+   ".git/config".  HFS+ has a similar issue, where certain unicode
+   codepoints are ignored, e.g. ".g\u200cit/config" is treated as if
+   it were ".git/config".  Pathnames with these potential issues are
+   rejected on the affected systems.  Git on systems that are not
+   affected by this issue (e.g. Linux) can also be configured to
+   reject them to ensure cross platform interoperability of the hosted
+   projects.
+ * "git fsck" notices a tree object that records such a path that can
+   be confused with ".git", and with receive.fsckObjects configuration
+   set to true, an attempt to "git push" such a tree object will be
+   rejected.  Such a path may not be a problem on a well behaving
+   filesystem but in order to protect those on HFS+ and on case
+   insensitive filesystems, this check is enabled on all platforms.
+A big "thanks!" for bringing this issue to us goes to our friends in
+the Mercurial land, namely, Matt Mackall and Augie Fackler.
+Also contains typofixes, documentation updates and trivial code clean-ups.
diff --git a/Documentation/git.txt b/Documentation/git.txt
index 64da795aba..2ff62c54ee 100644
--- a/Documentation/git.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git.txt
@@ -43,9 +43,10 @@ unreleased) version of Git, that is available from 'master'
 branch of the `git.git` repository.
 Documentation for older releases are available here:
-* link:v1.8.5.5/git.html[documentation for release]
+* link:v1.8.5.6/git.html[documentation for release]
 * release notes for
+  link:RelNotes/[],
index c1b7e2d2c6..4e1cc6ce61 100755
@@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
diff --git a/RelNotes b/RelNotes
index 277f28f953..f58f1222ed 120000
--- a/RelNotes
+++ b/RelNotes
@@ -1 +1 @@
-Documentation/RelNotes/ \ No newline at end of file
+Documentation/RelNotes/ \ No newline at end of file