On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 03:46:20PM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> Dennis Kaarsemaker <den...@kaarsemaker.net> writes:
> > When cloning a repo with --mirror, and adding more remotes later,
> > get_stale_heads for origin would mark all refs from other repos as stale. In
> > this situation, with refs-src and refs->dst both equal to refs/*, we should
> > ignore refs/remotes/* when looking for stale refs to prevent this from
> > happening.
> I do not think it is a right solution to single out refs/remotes/*.

Yeah, I agree.

> Going back to your original example:
>     [remote "origin"]
>             url = git://github.com/git/git.git
>             fetch = +refs/*:refs/*
>             mirror = true
>     [remote "peff"]
>             url = git://github.com/peff/git.git
>             fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/peff/*

There is a fundamental namespace conflict here: one remote is claiming
the whole refs/* namespace, and another remote is claiming some subset.
"fetch --prune" is only one type of problem you can have; you might also
overwrite stuff from the "peff" remote with stuff from the "origin"
remote (if it happens to have "refs/remotes/peff/foo" itself).

> I think this is an unsolvable problem, and I _think_ the root cause
> of the issue is the configuration above that allows the RHS of
> different fetch refspecs to overlap.  refs/* is more generic and
> covers refs/remotes/peff/* and refs/remotes/github/*.  You cannot
> even know, just by looking at "origin" and your local repository,
> if refs/remotes/github/html you have should go away or it might have
> come from somewhere else.


> The best we _could_ do, without contacting all the defined remotes,
> is probably to check each ref that we did not see from "origin" (for
> example, you find "refs/remotes/peff/frotz" that your origin does
> not have) and see if it could match RHS of fetch refspec of somebody
> else (e.g. RHS of "refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/peff/*" matches that
> ref).  Then we can conclude that refs/remotes/peff/frotz _might_
> have come from Peff's repository and not from "origin", and then we
> can optionally issue a warning and refrain from removing it.

I think this is just papering over the problem in one instance. What
happens when you _do_ have overlapping refs in the "origin" remote, and
you have a true conflict.

I wonder why Dennis wants to "refs/*:refs/*" in the first place. It
is not usually a useful thing to have in a non-bare repository, because
fetches will overwrite local work on branches. If he just wanted the
automatic "git push --mirror" setting, that does not depend on the fetch

We made this distinction in "git remote --mirror={fetch,remote}", but I
don't think "git clone --mirror" ever learned about it.

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