This discussion has mostly been about letting small Git servers delegate
the work of an initial clone to a beefier server.  I haven't seen any
explicit mention of the inverse:

Suppose a company has a central Git server that is meant to be the
"single source of truth", but has worldwide offices and wants to locate
bootstrap mirrors in each office.  The end users would not even want to
know that there are multiple servers.  Hosters like GitHub might also
encourage their big customers to set up bootstrap mirror(s) in-house to
make cloning faster for their users while reducing internet traffic and
the burden on their own infrastructure.  The goal would be to make the
system transparent to users and easily reconfigurable as circumstances

One alternative would be to ask users to clone from their local mirror.
 The local mirror would give them whatever it has, then do the
equivalent of a permanent redirect to tell the client "from now on, use
the central server" to get the rest of the initial clone and for future
fetches.  But this would require users to know which mirror is "local".

A better alternative would be to ask users to clone from the central
server.  In this case, the central server would want to tell the clients
to grab what they can from their local bootstrap mirror and then come
back to the central server for any remainders.  The trick is that which
bootstrap mirror is "local" would vary from client to client.

I suppose that this could be implemented using what you have discussed
by having the central server direct the client to a URL that resolves
differently for different clients, CDN-like.  Alternatively, the central
Git server could itself look where a request is coming from and use some
intelligence to redirect the client to the closest bootstrap mirror from
its own list.  Or the server could pass the client a list of known
mirrors, and the client could try to determine which one is closest (and

I'm not sure that this idea is interesting, but I just wanted to throw
it out there as a related use case that seems a bit different than what
you have been discussing.


Michael Haggerty
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