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git rev-parse --show-toplevel doesn't work inside git-dir

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Running "git rev-parse --show-toplevel" doesn't print anything when it is run inside .git dir (on all levels)

posted Jun 5, 2013 by anonymous

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This is by design. "--show-toplevel" does not print anything when you do not have a working tree, and you do not have one if you are inside the .git directory. If you were to do:

 cd .git
 git --work-tree=.. rev-parse --show-toplevel

(or use GIT_WORK_TREE, or set core.worktree, etc), you would get back the toplevel of the working tree.

answer Jun 5, 2013 by anonymous
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