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Re: Proposal for "fetch-any-blob Git protocol" and server design

Jonathan Tan <jonathantanmy@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On 03/15/2017 10:59 AM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> ...
>> but I am wondering how you would extend the proposed system to do
>> so.  Would you add "fetch-size-limited-blob-in-tree-pack" that runs
>> parallel to "fetch-blob-pack" request?  Would you add a new type of
>> request packet "want-blob-with-expression" for fbp-request, which is
>> protected by some "protocol capability" exchange?
>> If the former, how does a client discover if a particular server
>> already supports the new "fetch-size-limited-blob-in-tree-pack"
>> request, so that it does not have to send a bunch of "want" request
>> by enumerating the blobs itself?  If the latter, how does a client
>> discover if a particular server's "fetch-blob-pack" already supports
>> the new "want-blob-with-expression" request packet?
> I'm not sure if that use case is something we need to worry about (if
> you're downloading x * 10MB, uploading x * 50B shouldn't be a problem,
> I think), but if we want to handle that use case in the future, I
> agree that extending this system would be difficult.

Yeah, the example was solely to see how the system was to be
extended, as one of the selling point of the proposal was:

    > === Endpoint support for forward compatibility
    > This "server" endpoint requires that the first line be understood, but
    > will ignore any other lines starting with words that it does not
    > understand. This allows new "commands" to be added (distinguished by
    > their first lines) and existing commands to be "upgraded" with
    > backwards compatibility.

> The best way I can think of right now is for the client to send a
> fetch-blob-pack request with no "want" lines and at least one
> "want-tree" line, ...

So it is not by adding new type of "request" that sits next to
"fetch-blob-pack" request, but by adding a new way to drive that
existing "fetch-blob-pack" request.  

> and then if there is an error (which will happen if
> the server is old, and therefore sees that there is not at least
> "want" line), to retry with the "want" lines. This allows us to add
> alternative ways of specifying blobs later (if we want to), but also
> means that upgrading a client without upgrading the corresponding
> server incurs a round-trip penalty.

And the lack of "capability negotiation" is substituted by "assume
the better server, fallback to lower common denominator by detecting

> Alternatively we could add rudimentary support for trees now and add
> filter-by-size later ...

I am not particularly interested in "blobs in this tree" request.
It was merely an example to make it easier to discuss the main
point, which is the bigger picture that the proposal was painting
around "forward compatibility".