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SubjectRe: Updated git HOWTO for kernel hackers
Linus Torvalds wrote:
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> On Wed, 22 Jun 2005, Jeff Garzik wrote:
>
>>With BK, tags came with each pull. With git, you have to go "outside
>>the system" (rsync) just get the new tags.
>
>
> You don't have to use rsync, and you don't have to go outside the system.
> That was my point: you can use "git-ssh-pull" to pull the tags.

OK, understood.


> But yes, you have to explicitly ask for them by name, ie the other side
> has to let you know: "Oh, btw, I created a 'xyz' tag for you". And having
> another helper script to hide the details of how git-*-pull handles tags
> is obviously also a good idea, although it's pretty low on my list of
> things to worry about.

The problem is still that nothing says "oh, btw, I created 'xyz' tag for
you" AFAICS?

IMO the user (GregKH and me, at least) just wants to know their set of
tags and heads is up-to-date on local disk. Wants to know what tags are
out there. It's quite annoying when two data sets are out of sync
(.git/objects and .git/refs/tags).

Asking for the tag by name isn't useful at all, in that regard, because
that requires that the user already know what tags are available. To
get that info, one must use rsync, gitweb, or a subscription to Psychic
Friends Network.

Jeff


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