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From: Mark Lodato <lodato@google.com>
To: Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com>
Cc: Eli Schwartz <eschwartz@archlinux.org>,
	"brian m. carlson" <sandals@crustytoothpaste.net>,
	Drew DeVault <sir@cmpwn.com>,
	git@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: Regarding the depreciation of ssh+git/git+ssh protocols
Date: Wed,  7 Apr 2021 09:46:46 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20210407134646.2866522-1-lodato@google.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YFJ/g2N+s1V3/qMo@google.com>

Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> This is useful context.  What URL forms does this package manager
> support (e.g., do you have a link to its documentation)?  What would
> the effect be for the package manager and its users if Git started
> supporting a git+https:// synonym for https://?

Here are two more examples:

- pip: https://pip.pypa.io/en/latest/cli/pip_install/#git
- SPDX: https://spdx.github.io/spdx-spec/3-package-information/#37-package-download-location

The common thread is that systems need a way to uniquely identify a git
repository or some object therein. I believe this means some combination
of:

- VCS type (git)
- Transport location (e.g. https://github.com/git/git)
- Ref (e.g. master)
- Resolved commit ID (e.g. 48bf2fa8bad054d66bd79c6ba903c89c704201f7)
- Path (e.g. contrib/diff-highlight)
- (possibly) Clone depth

As Drew has said, the current state of affairs is that, lacking a
standard, multiple systems are all inventing incompatible schemes using
the `git+https` name. This is not a good situation because the "URI" is
no longer "unique". Given such a URI in isolation, one cannot know how
to parse it.

It's not clear to me that git itself needs to support this scheme. It
would go a long way for git to simply recommend a particular scheme so
that all these systems can use a common format. (We could register that
with IANA.) The pip format seems to be the closest, but it doesn't
support both ref AND resolved commit ID, and it is currently specific to
pip (`egg=` could be replaced with `path=`).

Best,
Mark

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-04-07 13:46 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-15 16:27 Drew DeVault
2021-03-15 17:56 ` Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-15 18:14   ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-15 22:01     ` brian m. carlson
2021-03-16  0:52       ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-16  1:02         ` Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-16  1:05           ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-16 21:23             ` Jeff King
2021-03-17 14:49               ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-18 21:30               ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-18 21:53                 ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-16  4:38           ` Eli Schwartz
2021-03-16 11:54             ` brian m. carlson
2021-03-16 14:21               ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-16 21:28                 ` Jeff King
2021-03-17 14:50                   ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-17  0:45                 ` Jakub Narębski
2021-03-17 14:53                   ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-17 22:06                 ` brian m. carlson
2021-03-18 12:53                   ` Drew DeVault
2021-03-16 18:03               ` Eli Schwartz
2021-03-17 22:15                 ` Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-31  4:23                   ` Eli Schwartz
2021-04-07 13:46                   ` Mark Lodato [this message]
2021-04-07 19:46                     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-04-13  8:52                       ` Kerry, Richard
2021-03-16  0:54       ` Drew DeVault

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