On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 03:53:56PM -0400, Greg Freemyer wrote:

> I'm trying to create a tarball from a git tag and I can't get the
> syntax right.  The documentation is not very clear.
> [...]
> > git archive --format=tar --remote=github.com:dkovar/analyzeMFT.git v2.0.4

Your remote should be g...@github.com:dkovar/analyzeMFT.git.


> > git archive --format=tar --remote=git://github.com/dkovar/analyzeMFT v2.0.4
> fatal: remote error
>    Your Git client has made an invalid request:
>    003agit-upload-archive /dkovar/analyzeMFT

Your syntax is fine, but GitHub does not support remote git-archive
requests. Not over git://, and not over ssh. In both cases the error
messages are rather confusing and unhelpful, though.

> > git archive --format=tar --remote=//github.com/dkovar/analyzeMFT v2.0.4

This is wrong, as it is looking for //github.com... in the local

> The github page also says I can use ssh with git as the user, but that
> complains I don't have the private key (which I don't):
> git archive --format=tar
> --remote=ssh://git@github/com/dkovar/analyzeMFT.git v2.0.4

If you have a GitHub account and register your public key, then you can
use ssh to fetch from the repository (using the g...@github.com:user/repo
syntax). However, remote git-archive is not currently supported, so it
would not help you.

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