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From: Sean Barag <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] clone: add remote.cloneDefault config option
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 20:38:54 -0700	[thread overview]
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> Derrick Stolee <> writes:
>> On 8/26/2020 2:46 PM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>>> "Sean Barag via GitGitGadget" <> writes:
>>>> This commit implements
>>>> `remote.cloneDefault` as a parallel to `remote.pushDefault`,
>>>> with prioritized name resolution:
>>> I highly doubt that .cloneDefault is a good name.  After reading
>>> only the title of the patch e-mail, i.e. when the only available
>>> information on the change available to me was the name of the
>>> configuration variable and the fact that it pertains to the command
>>> "git clone", I thought it is to specify a URL, from which "git
>>> clone" without the URL would clone from that single repository.
>>> And the name will cause the same misunderstanding to normal users,
>>> not just to reviewers of your patch, after this change hits a future
>>> Git release.
>>> Taking a parallel from init.defaultBranchName, I would probably call
>>> it clone.defaultUpstreamName if I were writing this feature.
>> I was thinking "clone.defaultRemoteName" makes it clear we are naming
>> the remote for the provided <url> in the command.
>I 100% agree that defaultremotename is much better.

Perfect, I'll move forward with `clone.defaultRemoteName`.  Thanks for
the recommendation.  This would be the first config variable inside
the a "clone" subsection -- is there anything special that needs to
happen when a new subsection is added?

>>>> ...  For example
>>> 	git -c remote.cloneDefault="bad.../" clone parent
>>> should fail, no?
>> This is an important suggestion.
> To be fair, the current code does not handle the "--origin" command
> line option not so carefully.

Agreed - I'm sorry for not including those tests.  They'll be present
in v2.  I'll be sure to include some validation for
`clone.defaultRemoteName` within `git_config` as well.

> It is somewhat sad that we have the git_config(git_default_config)
> call so late in the control flow.  I wonder if we can update the
> start-up sequence to match the usual flow
> ...
> One oddity "git clone" has is that it wants to delay the reading of
> configuration files (they are read only once, and second and
> subsequent git_config() calls will reuse what was read before [*]) so
> that it can read what clone.c::write_config() wrote, so if we were to
> "fix" the start-up sequence to match the usual flow, we need to
> satisfy what that odd arrangement wanted to achieve in some other way
> (e.g. feed what is in option_config to git_default_config ourselves,
> without using git_config(), as part of the "main control flow uses the
> variable" part), but it should be doable.

Sounds like a pretty big change! I'm willing to take a crack at it,
but given that this is my first patch I'm frankly a bit intimidated :)
How would you feel about that being a separate patch?

Thanks for all the guidance, folks.

  reply	other threads:[~2020-08-27  3:39 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-26 15:45 Sean Barag via GitGitGadget
2020-08-26 18:46 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-26 19:04   ` Derrick Stolee
2020-08-26 19:59     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-27  3:38       ` Sean Barag [this message]
2020-08-27  4:21         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-27 14:00           ` Sean Barag
2020-09-29 19:59 [PATCH v2 7/7] clone: allow configurable default for `-o`/`--origin` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-29 23:47 ` [PATCH] clone: add remote.cloneDefault config option Sean Barag

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