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RE: [RFE] Inverted sparseness

On December 1, 2017 1:19 PM, Jeff Hostetler wrote:
>On 12/1/2017 12:21 PM, Randall S. Becker wrote:
>> I recently encountered a really strange use-case relating to sparse clone/fetch that is really backwards from the discussion that has been going on, and well, I'm a bit embarrassed to bring it up, but I have no good solution including building a separate data store that will end up inconsistent with repositories (a bad solution).  The use-case is as follows:
>> Given a backbone of multiple git repositories spread across an organization with a server farm and upstream vendors.
>> The vendor delivers code by having the client perform git pull into a specific branch.
>> The customer may take the code as is or merge in customizations.
>> The vendor wants to know exactly what commit of theirs is installed on each server, in near real time.
>> The customer is willing to push the commit-ish to the vendor's upstream repo but does not want, by default, to share the actual commit contents for security reasons.
>> 	Realistically, the vendor needs to know that their own commit id was put somewhere (process exists to track this, so not part of the use-case) and whether there is a subsequent commit contributed >by the customer, but the content is not relevant initially.
>> After some time, the vendor may request the commit contents from the customer in order to satisfy support requirements - a.k.a. a defect was found but has to be resolved.
>> The customer would then perform a deeper push that looks a lot like a "slightly" symmetrical operation of a deep fetch following a prior sparse fetch to supply the vendor with the specific commit(s).

>Perhaps I'm not understanding the subtleties of what you're describing, but could you do this with stock git functionality.

>Let the vendor publish a "well known branch" for the client.
>Let the client pull that and build.
>Let the client create a branch set to the same commit that they fetched.
>Let the client push that branch as a client-specific branch to the vendor to indicate that that is the official release they are based on.

>Then the vendor would know the official commit that the client was using.
This is the easy part, and it doesn't require anything sparse to exist.

>If the client makes local changes, does the vendor really need the SHA of those -- without the actual content?
>I mean any SHA would do right?  Perhaps let the client create a second client-specific branch (set to
> the same commit as the first) to indicate they had mods.
>Later, when the vendor needs the actual client changes, the client does a normal push to this 2nd client-specific branch at the vendor.
>This would send everything that the client has done to the code since the official release.

What I should have added to the use-case was that there is a strong audit requirement (regulatory, actually) involved that the SHA is exact, immutable, and cannot be substitute or forged (one of the reasons git is in such high regard). So, no I can't arrange a fake SHA to represent a SHA to be named later. It SHA of the installed commit is part of the official record of what happened on the specific server, so I'm stuck with it.

>I'm not sure what you mean about "it is inside a tree".


d would be at a head. b would be inside. Determining content of c is problematic if b is sparse, so I'm really unsure that any of this is possible.


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