On 15.01.2013, at 17:51, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:
>> Max Horn <m...@quendi.de> writes:
>> ...
>>> See also the discussion (yeah, this time a real one ;-) leading to this:
>>>  https://github.com/felipec/git/issues/2
>>> ...
> If I understand correctly, the $backend::$opaqueToken is a contract
> between the remote-helper and the remote-$backend

Just to clarify: What is the "remote-helper" ? So far, I thought of this being 
a contract between git (or some part of git), and remote-$backend (i.e. 
remote-hg in this case). 

> that says "When
> user wants to interact with the same (foreign) repository, we agreed
> to let her use 'origin' nickname.  The remote-helper looks up this
> opaque token that corresponds to 'origin' and gives it to the
> remote-$backend, and whatever is in the opaque token should be
> sufficient for the remote-$backend to figure out how to proceed from
> there".

Supposing that I interpret "remote-helper" correctly, that sounds about right 
to me.

> But in this hg::../over/there case, it seems that string is not
> sufficient for remote-hg to do so and the contract is broken.

One could put it that way.

> When "git clone $backend::$opaqueToken repo" is run in /dir/ecto/ry,
> and then subsequent "git fetch origin" will be run in (a
> subdirectory of) /dir/ecto/ry/repo, but anything relative to
> /dir/ecto/ry will not work once you go inside /dir/ecto/ry/repo.
> The "create a new repository here" argument could even be an
> absolute path to a totally different place, so if the
> remote-$backend wants to use $opaqueToken as anything relative to
> the $(cwd) when "git clone" was invoked, that original location
> needs to be available somehow.

That would be one option. Another is to do what the proposed patch does, and 
what git itself does: Change the relative path into an absolute one. This 
requires remote-$backend to be able to modify the opaque token supplied by the 

Yet another would be to be more strict in remote-$backend as to which opaque 
tokens to accept: When it contains a relative path, simply always refuse to 
work, even if the PWD happens to be set the right way. Of course this would be 
quite undesirable from a user's perspective.

> Would a new helper protocol message be necessary, so that the
> backend can rewrite the $opaqueToken at "clone" time and tell the
> helper what to store as URL instead of the original?  I do not think
> that is much different from remote-$backend updating the value of the
> remote.origin.URL using "git config".
> An alternative approach may be for somebody (either the "git clone"
> or the remote-$backend) to store a "base directory" when "git clone"
> was invoked in remote.origin.dirAtCloneTime variable, so that the
> next time remote-$backend runs, it can read that directory and
> interpret the $opaqueToken as a relative path to that directory if
> it wants to.  That way, nobody needs to rewrite $opaqueToken.

As I said above, this would be an option. However, I would prefer rewriting the 
$opaqueToken, as that would be closer to what git does for "native" tokens 
passed to "git clone" Specifically, I am talking about get_repo_path() in 
builtin/clone.c which is called by cmd_clone. What this does is in my eyes 
essentially the equivalent of what the patch discussed here is doing.

Anyway, at the end of the day, I mainly care about relative paths working, 
somehow :-). But I think it would be important to make the issue easy to 
resolve for all remote-$backend authors, as many of them are affected (see 

> How do other remote helpers solve this, I have to wonder, though.
> By not allowing relative paths to a directory?

So far, all I look at do not deal with this at all. Any attempts to deal with 
it should be pretty easy to recognize: The remote-$backend would have to store 
something into the git config, or else, verify the opaque token and refuse to 
work with it under certain conditions (e.g. when it contains a relative path). 
But they don't. E.g. git-remote-testgit has the exact same problem. Doing

   git init repo && cd repo && echo a > a && git add a && git ci -m a a
   git clone testgit::repo clone
   cd clone

results in a .git/config file containing

[remote "origin"]
        url = testgit::repo
        fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*

Trying to do a "git push" from within the clone then gives this:

fatal: 'repo/.git' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/libexec/git-core/git-remote-testgit", line 272, in <module>
  File "/usr/local/libexec/git-core/git-remote-testgit", line 261, in main
    repo = get_repo(alias, url)
  File "/usr/local/libexec/git-core/git-remote-testgit", line 39, in get_repo
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/git_remote_helpers/git/repo.py", 
line 59, in get_revs
    check_call(args, stdout=ofile)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/git_remote_helpers/util.py", 
line 174, in check_call
    raise CalledProcessError(retcode, cmd)
subprocess.CalledProcessError: Command '['git', 'ls-remote', 'repo/.git']' 
returned non-zero exit status 128

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