> -----Original Message-----
> From: Angelo Borsotti
> Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:51 AM
> 
> Hi Junio,
> 
> > It would conceptually be a lot cleaner to treat updating of remote
> > Ibranch description as a separate "repository management" class of
> > Ioperation, similar to setting the repository description stored in
> > I$GIT_DIR/description.
> 
> I agree, it should be a distinct operation. I was thinking that when
> you have a remote bare repository, the normal way of adding contents
> to it is to push to it, and thus also adding a description should be
> done with some sort of pushing. Creating branches is also normally
> done with a push (think how difficult it is to create a branch in a
> bare repository when the HEAD is not set ...).

Only if the push were to create the branch...


> On 14 November 2012 14:57, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> > Angelo Borsotti <angelo.borso...@gmail.com> writes:
> >
> >> currently, there is no means to push a branch description to a
> remote
> >> repository. It is possible to create a branch, but not to set its
> >> description.
> >
> > Correct.  You have to go to the remote repository and run "git
> > branch --edit-description" there; there is currently no way to do
> > this remotely, which may be an issue, but...
> >
> >> Would not be more correct to push also branch descriptions when
> >> branches are pushed?
> >
> > ... I do not think "git push" is the best place to do so, given the
> > inherently local nature of branches and branch descriptions.
> >
> > Imagine the project creates a branch "magic" to enhance its system
> > with magic words.  The description for the "magic" branch in the
> > project may say "support magic words" or something.
> >
> > You and your friend are tasked to add a handful of magic words,
> > e.g. "xyzzy", "frotz" and "nitfol".  You may start your work like so
> > on your "magic-xyzzy" branch:
> >
> >     $ git clone git://example.com/zork.git/
> >     $ git checkout -b magic-xyzzy -t origin/magic

And here the branch description should copy from origin/magic.

> >
> > And you say something like "add xyzzy magic" in its branch
> > description.
> >
> >     $ git branch --edit-description magic-xyzzy
> >

And now it is edited

> > After finishing your work, you may push it
> >
> >     $ git push origin magic-xyzzy:magic
> >
> > Should the description of the subtask "add xyzzy magic" overwrite
> > the purpose of the project wide "magic" branch "support magic words"?
> > Most likely not.

Never overwrite anything.

> >
> > The local nature of the description becomes even more clear if you
> > imagine the case where the push at the last stage gets rejected due
> > to non-fast-forward error (in other words, your friend has already
> > pushed her support of the "frotz" magic to the "magic" branch.
> >
> > In fact, you would normally not directly push your magic-xyzzy
> > branch to the magic branch, but you would do something like this
> > once you are done:
> >
> >     $ git checkout -b magic -t origin/magic
> >     $ git pull origin ;# to update with her work
> >     $ git merge magic-xyzzy
> >     $ git push origin magic
> >
> > And the last "merge" is where the description for your magic-xyzzy
> > is used to fill the commit log template for you to explain your
> > merge (that is, you are merging a branch whose description is "add
> > xyzzy magic").  There is no reason to propagate the description of
> > your magic-xyzzy topic to the description of shared magic branch
> > when you push, as this merge commit already records what the branch
> > that was merged was about.
> >
> > So you could modify "git push" to set the branch description when
> > you push to create a branch remotely, but in general, "git push"
> > should not be updating the branch description with the description
> > of your local branch.  This comes as a consequence of the fact that
> > the purpose of the branch in the remote central repository is, more
> > often than not, different from the purpose of the corresponding
> > branch in your repository.
> >

But pulling such into a new branch should copy the description (unless 
explicitly set)

> > It would conceptually be a lot cleaner to treat updating of remote
> > branch description as a separate "repository management" class of
> > operation, similar to setting the repository description stored in
> > $GIT_DIR/description.

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