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From: Jonathan Tan <>
	Jonathan Tan <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Extending git-replace
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:03:39 -0800
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> That is, would it be sufficient if every replaced file were replaced
> with the exact text "me caga en la leche" instead of a custom hand-
> crafted replacement?  I guess it's a bit complicated because while
> that's a reasonable blob, it's not a valid commit.  So maybe this
> mechanism would be limited to blobs.  I thought about whether we could
> a different flavor of replacement for commits, but those generally have
> to be custom because they each have different parents.

Since the original email just discussed blobs, I'll confine myself to
discussing blobs. (Commits are trickier, as you said.)

> And if that would be sufficient, could promisors be used for this?  I
> don't know how those interact with fsck and the other commands that
> you're worried about.  Basically, the idea would be to use most of the
> existing promisor code, and then have a mode where instead of visiting
> the promisor, we just always return "me caga en la leche" (and this
> does not have its SHA checked, of course).

Missing promisor objects do not prevent fsck from passing - this is part
of the original design (any packfiles we download from the specifically
designated promisor remote are marked as such, and any objects that the
objects in the packfile refer to are considered OK to be missing).

Currently, when a missing object is read, it is first fetched (there are
some more details that I can go over if you have any specific
questions). What you're suggesting here is to return a fake blob with
wrong hash - I haven't looked at all the callers of read-object
functions in detail, but I don't think all of them are ready for such a
behavioral change. Maybe it would be sufficient to just make this work
in a more limited scope (e.g. checkout only - and if we need different
replacement blobs for different object IDs, maybe we could have
something similar to the clean/smudge filters).

> This could work together with some sort refs/blacklist mechanism to
> enable the server to choose which objects the client replaces.

In the original email, Kaushik mentioned objects larger than a certain
size - we already have support for that (--filter=blob:limit=1000000,
for example). Having said that, Git is already able to tolerate any
exclusion (of tree or blob) from the server - we already need this in
order to support changing of filters, for example.

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Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-01-14  5:33 Kaushik Srenevasan
2020-01-14  6:55 ` Elijah Newren
2020-01-14 19:11   ` Jonathan Tan
2020-01-16  3:30   ` Kaushik Srenevasan
2020-01-14 18:19 ` David Turner
2020-01-14 19:03   ` Jonathan Tan [this message]
2020-01-14 20:39     ` Elijah Newren
2020-01-14 21:57       ` Jonathan Tan
2020-01-14 22:46         ` Elijah Newren

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