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Re: getting pull/push/fetch url

On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 10:10, Eric Sunshine <sunshine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 3:30 AM clime <clime7@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > for my app, i need to be able get remote urls (fetch/pull/push) so
> > that i can derive some information from those, e.g. pull url netloc
> > from which i derive where other custom endpoints (binary file storage)
> > related to the remote git repo is located. This is just one example. I
> > am also using fetch url to store it into the composed package that i
> > generate by the app.
> >
> > Now, the problem is that getting those urls (fetch/pull/push) doesn't
> > seem to be an easy task. Currently i have the attached scripts to do
> > that. But i noticed that older gits like 1.7 use origin as a fallback
> > for pull url whereas the newer raise an error.
> >
> > My question is if there is a better way to determine the urls that
> > would be backward compatible and easier than what i am doing right
> > now.
> Perhaps not a complete answer (and I'm sure people more familiar with
> the topic can provide better direction), but have you tried querying
> this information via higher-level commands rather than low-level
> git-config? For instance, to get the name of the remote for a branch:
>     git branch --list --format='%(upstream:remotename)' $BRANCH
> and, to get the fetch URL for a remote:
>     git remote get-url $REMOTE
> or the push URL:
>     git remote get-url --push $REMOTE

Right, the problem is that both constructs `git branch --list
--format=<format> <branch>` and `git remote get-url <remote>`
works only under git v2 (not exactly sure about the minor version) but
they do not work under git 1.7.1 and git 1.8.3, it

Anyway, i figured i was too fuzzy in what kind of url i actually need.
I thought about it a bit more and figured that I probably this

function git_branch_remote {
    branch_remote="$(git -C "$GIT_ROOT" config --get

    if [ -z "$branch_remote" ]; then
        branch_remote="$(git -C "$GIT_ROOT" config --get remote.pushDefault)"

    if [ -z "$branch_remote" ]; then
        branch_remote="$(git -C "$GIT_ROOT" config --get

    if [ -z "$branch_remote" ]; then

    echo "$branch_remote"

Because basically, if some wants to go for triangle workflow, then
push url remote should be preferred because
that's where user has write access. If not, then there is a fallback
to branch.<branch>.remote and to origin
eventually, which is just nice to have cause it makes a minimal setup
for my app easier.

So basically, it is possible that an effective (where git actually
pushes when `git push` is invoked) remote
for pushing will be different than what that function returns (e.g.
when git 1.7.1. is used which doesn't
know about branch.<branch>.pushRemote and remote.pushDefault) but it
doesn't really matter as long
as a user is able to make a local configuration where effective push
remote and remote returned by
the fuction will align.

Then i also need 'origin' being returned immediatelly after clean
clone but that's the case as well.

So when i have this kind of 'abstracted' remote, then i need to take
pushUrl on one place and fetch
url on another but there should be no problem there.

Sorry, i didn't realize i actually kind of this 'hybrid remote' thing.
There still might an easier way to write
that function (in a compatible way). Not sure about that.

Anyway, thanks