Florian Achleitner <florian.achleitner.2.6...@gmail.com> writes:

> But my remote-helper didn't advertise the refspec capability, so transport-
> helper assumed it imports to refs/heads/master, which is the default import 
> refspec.

The man page for git-remote-helpers says:

refspec <refspec>
    [...] It is recommended that all importers providing the import
    capability use this.

I'm not sure I fully understand the rationale, but one difference
between refs/<remote name>/* and refs/remotes/<remote name> is that
refs/remotes/ is automatically updated by Git on push, while the private
namespace isn't (it only receives updates when importing).

I played a bit with that it git-remote-mediawiki. There's a
configuration variable mediawiki.dumbPush that controls what "push"
does. It can either export the local history without touching local
metadata (and then, it is expected that the user does a "git pull
--rebase" right after to re-import the history), or update the local
metadata (private ref, and notes that keep the <local commit> <->
<remote revision number> map), so that the next "git pull" says
"Already up to date.".

Matthieu Moy
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