Lately (err... at least the last year) I've been encountering a number of issues because my repos have `filemode=true`, causing loads of errors that take a moment to realize that merging them cannot solve the problem. Why is this ever a default? I can imagine cases where it is needed, but certainly they should not be default.

@worldsendless As git is often used to distribute software, including scripts that build the project from source code, (i'm especially thinking things like configure/ which have to be executable, I get the desire for this to be the default behavior. I certainly rely on it a bunch.

@atrus That makes sense. My own use is only for open source web stuff, so that hasn't much come up -- but when I do install the odd item, I 'm probably using those permissions without thinking of it

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