On Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:43:25 +0100
Antony Male <antony.m...@gmail.com> wrote:

> When you clone (or fetch) a repository over the git protocol, a
> program on your computer (git-fetch-pack) and a similar one on the
> server (git-upload-pack) coordinate to figure out exactly what
> commits (roughly speaking) needs to be sent to you.
> HTTP, however, is a "dumb" protocol, meaning that this approach
> cannot be taken.
> Therefore, some auxiliary files need to be present on the server, to 
> allow your client to figure out what commits it needs to request.
> These files aren't generated by default -- you need to run git 
> update-server-info after every commit in order to generate them.
Being pedantic here, for clarity: this is needed to be run after every
push, not commit--a push can send a whole lot of commits in one go
which is a common pattern for a DVCS.


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