Carlos Martín Nieto <> writes:

> I can't quite decide whether the behaviour of 'git pull' with no
> upstream configured but a default remote with no fetch refspecs
> merging the remote's HEAD is a feature, a bug or something in between,
> but it's used by t7409 so maybe someone else is using it and we
> shouldn't break it.

Isn't it the simplest "works without any configuration" from the
original days? 

> There's another check that could be made earlier ('git pull
> someremote' when that's not the branch's upstream remote), but then
> you have to start figuring out what the flags to fetch are.

When the user gave us explicitly the name of the remote, it does not
sound too bad to fetch from there.  "git pull someremote thatbranch"
can be given after seeing a failure and succeed without retransfer,

I am not sure if it is worth the added complexity and potential to
introduce new bugs in general by trying to outsmart the for-merge
logic that kicks in only after we learn what the other side offers
and fetch from it, but anyway, let's see what we got here...

> diff --git a/ b/
> index 266e682..b62f5d3 100755
> --- a/
> +++ b/
> @@ -43,6 +43,8 @@ log_arg= verbosity= progress= recurse_submodules=
>  merge_args= edit=
>  curr_branch=$(git symbolic-ref -q HEAD)
>  curr_branch_short="${curr_branch#refs/heads/}"
> +upstream=$(git config "branch.$curr_branch_short.merge")
> +remote=$(git config "branch.$curr_branch_short.remote")
>  rebase=$(git config --bool branch.$curr_branch_short.rebase)

Learning these upfront sounds sensible.

>  if test -z "$rebase"
>  then
> @@ -138,6 +140,47 @@ do
>       esac
>       shift
>  done
> +if test true = "$rebase"
> +then
> +    op_type=rebase
> +    op_prep=against
> +else
> +    op_type=merge
> +    op_prep=with
> +fi
> +
> +check_args_against_config () {
> +     # If fetch gets user-provided arguments, the user is
> +     # overriding the upstream configuration, so we have to wait
> +     # for fetch to do its work to know if we can merge.
> +     if [ $# -gt 0 ]; then
> +             return
> +     fi

> +     # Figure out what remote we're going to be fetching from
> +     use_remote=origin
> +     if [ -n "$remote" ]; then
> +             use_remote="$remote"
> +     fi
> +
> +     # If the remote doesn't have a fetch refspec, then we'll merge
> +     # whatever fetch marks for-merge, same as above.

The "above" in this sentence refers to...?

I guess "we have to wait", but it wasn't very clear.

> +     fetch=$(git config --get-all "remote.$use_remote.fetch")
> +     if [ -z "$fetch" ]; then
> +             return
> +     fi

Hmm, it is probably correct to punt on this case, but it defeats
large part of the effect of your effort, doesn't it? We fetch what
is covered by remote.$name.fetch _and_ what need to complete the
merge operation (otherwise branch.$name.merge that is not covered by
remote.$there.fetch will not work).  So

    [remote "origin"]
            url = $over_there
    [branch "master"]
            remote = origin
            merge = refs/heads/master

would still fetch refs/heads/master from there and merge it.

> +     # The typical 'git pull' case where it should merge from the
> +     # current branch's upstream. We can already check whether we
> +     # we can do it. If HEAD is detached or there is no upstream
> +     # branch, complain now.

Drop "typical", and rephrase "merge from" to also cover "rebase" (I
often say "integrate with").

To return to your original description:

    A 'git pull' without specifying a remote is asked to take the
    current branch's upstream as the branch to merge from. This
    cannot work without an upstream configuration nor with HEAD
    detached, but we only check for this after fetching.

Wouldn't it be sufficient to add something like this before fetch

        if test $# != 0 || # args explicitly specified
           test -n "$curr_branch" || # not detached
           test -n "$upstream" # what to integrate with is known
                return ;# then no problem
        die "underspecified 'git pull'"

without changing anything else?  For that matter, $upstream is
likely to be empty when detached, so the second test may not even be

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