Confusing commit messages about `type-nats`?

Ian Lynagh ian at
Wed Feb 27 17:04:20 CET 2013

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:25:17PM +0100, Gabor Greif wrote:
> On 2/26/13, Iavor Diatchki <iavor.diatchki at> wrote:
> >
> > I am receiving a bunch of commit messages for branch `type-nats`, that seem
> > to be fake (i.e., by folks committing to other branches).  Does any one
> > know why that is?  It seems to have started after my merge commit from
> > yesterday, so did I mess something up?
> I guess it is a 'git' bug (or something from the connected ecosystem).
> I commented on ghc-commits this morning. Maybe the mailer is stuck on
> the type-nats branch?

It's to do with this failure:

    igloo at abbot:/srv/darcs/ghc.git$ git show -v 41c44e4db3105d8f4bc78ffcd4fc30764ab788d8 > /dev/null; echo $?
    fatal: object 'e168baae424a6d4e8b138021b90743b5e7728a80' is not a blob!

e168baae424a6d4e8b138021b90743b5e7728a80 is a change in a submodule
(Cabal), and abbot has an old git version which apparently doesn't
handle it properly.

Unfortunately, abbot is still on lenny, which doesn't have a newer
version of git packaged. Maybe I should just build it by hand. For now
I've disabled the notification script so that we don't get the broken


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