git diff generation is sometimes wrong

Bug #1779178 reported by Robie Basak on 2018-06-28
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Bug Description is an example of where the generated diff seems to include far more than just what changed.

17:02 <nacc> ahasenack: rbasak: yeah, i dug into it and it seems like it's something was in pygit2 or libgit2, but i forget immeidately

17:08 <nacc> ahasenack: in theory, we should be able to reproduce the diff that LP shows via turnip (iirc, that's the name of the project)

17:08 <nacc> ahasenack: by tracing that code to the diff generation (which I believe is pretty straightforward) and then seeing if we can get the same thing in a simple tool

17:11 <cjwatson> Start from turnip.api.views.DiffMergeAPI

17:12 <cjwatson> And if you want to reproduce exact versions and such, use a trusty container with ppa:launchpad/ubuntu/ppa

Filing to keep this useful information in one place, but I think it'll be a while before I investigate.

Robie Basak (racb) on 2018-06-28
Changed in launchpad:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in usd-importer:
status: New → Triaged
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2018-06-28
affects: launchpad → turnip
Andreas Hasenack (ahasenack) wrote : is another example. Launchpad is showing a diff over a million lines long, when in fact it's much smaller:

(fix-1587065-guest-agent-double-freeze)andreas@nsnx:~/git/packages/qemu/qemu$ git diff pkg/ubuntu/xenial-devel|diffstat
 changelog | 8 +
 patches/series | 1
 patches/ubuntu/lp-1587065-qga-ignore-EBUSY-when-freezing-a-filesystem.patch | 44 ++++++++++
 3 files changed, 53 insertions(+)

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