"Shawn O. Pearce" <spea...@spearce.org> writes:

> This reverts commit 703e6e76a14825e5b0c960d525f34e607154b4f7.
>
> Retrying without the query parameter was added as a workaround
> for a single broken HTTP server at git.debian.org[1]. The server
> was misconfigured to route every request with a query parameter
> into gitweb.cgi. Admins fixed the server's configuration within
> 16 hours of the bug report to the Git mailing list, but we still
> patched Git with this fallback and have been paying for it since.

As the consequence of the above, the only two things we know about
the servers in the wild are (1) a misconfiguration that requires
this retry was once made, so it is not very unlikely others did the
same misconfiguration, and (2) those unknown number of servers have
been happily serving the current clients because the workaround
patch have been hiding the misconfiguration ever since.

But as long as the failure diagnosis from updated clients that
revert this workaround is sufficient to allow such misconfigured
servers, I think it is OK.  We might see a large number of small
people having to run around and fix the configuration as a fallout,
though.

> Most Git hosting services configure the smart HTTP protocol and the
> retry logic confuses users when there is a transient HTTP error as
> Git dropped the real error from the smart HTTP request. Removing the
> retry makes root causes easier to identify.

Does that hold true also for dumb only small people installations?
They are the ones that need more help than the large installations
staffed sufficiently and run smart http gateway.
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