Jeff King <> writes:

> On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 05:41:13PM -0800, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>> > I don't think so. Don't ERR lines appear inside their own packets?
>> Yes, I misread get_remote_heads for some reason.  Thanks for checking.
> Thanks for bringing it up. I had not even thought about ERR at all. So
> it was luck rather than skill that I was right. :)
>> I'm not sure whether servers are expected to send a flush after an
>> ERR packet.  The only codepath I know of in git itself that sends
>> such packets is git-daemon, which does not flush after the error (but
>> is not used in the stateless-rpc case).  http-backend uses HTTP error
>> codes for its errors.
> I just checked, and GitHub also does not send flush packets after ERR.
> Which makes sense; ERR is supposed to end the conversation.

Hmph.  A flush packet was supposed to be a mark to say "all the
packets before this one can be buffered and kept without getting
passed to write(2), but this and all such buffered data _must_ go on
the wire _now_".  So in the sense, ERR not followed by a flush may
not even have a chance to be seen on the other end, no?  That is
what the comment before the implementation of packet_flush() is all
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