Re: Simple git push --tags deleted all branches
- Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:39:08 +0100
- From: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Simple git push --tags deleted all branches
On Thu, Nov 29 2018, Mateusz Loskot wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Nov 2018 at 16:03, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 28 2018, Mateusz Loskot wrote:
>> > (using git version 2.19.2.windows.1)
>> > I've just encountered one of those WTH moments.
>> > I have a bare repository
>> > core.git (BARE:master) $ git branch
>> > 1.0
>> > 2.0
>> > * master
>> > core.git (BARE:master) $ git tag
>> > 1.0.1651
>> > 1.0.766
>> > 2.0.1103
>> > 2.0.1200
>> > I published the repo using: git push --all --follow-tags
>> > This succeeded, but there seem to be no tags pushed, just branches.
>> > So, I followed with
>> > core.git (BARE:master) $ git push --tags
>> > To XXX
>> > - [deleted] 1.0
>> > - [deleted] 2.0
>> > ! [remote rejected] master (refusing to delete the current
>> > branch: refs/heads/master)
>> > error: failed to push some refs to 'XXX'
>> > And, I've found out that all branches and tags have been
>> > wiped in both, local repo and remote :)
>> > I restored the repo and tried out
>> > git push origin 1.0
>> > git push origin --tags
>> > and this time both succeeded, without wiping out any refs.
>> > Could anyone help me to understand why remote-less
>> > git push --tags
>> > is/was so dangerous and unforgiving?!
>> Since nobody's replied yet, I can't see what's going on here from the
>> info you've provided. My guess is that you have something "mirror" set
>> on the remote.
> Thank you for responding.
> The git push --tags hugely surprised me, and here is genuine screenshot
>> It seems you can't share the repo or its URL, but could you share the
>> scrubbed output of 'git config -l --show-origin' when run inside this
> Here is complete output. I have not stripped the basics like aliases,
> just in case.
Right, it's because you used --mirror, the important bit:
> file:config remote.origin.url=https://xxx.com/core-external-metadata.git
> file:config remote.origin.fetch=+refs/*:refs/*
> file:config remote.origin.mirror=true
I.e. you have cloned with the --mirror flag, this is what it's supposed
to do: https://git-scm.com/docs/git-clone#git-clone---mirror
I.e. you push and git tries to mirror the refs you have locally to the
remote, including pruning stuff in the remote.
This is useful, but not what you wanted here. It's used for e.g. making
an up-to-date copy of a repo from server A to server B in HA setups
where you'd like to fail over to server B and get the same refs you had