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authorJunio C Hamano <>2005-12-17 19:39:39 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2005-12-17 19:39:39 (GMT)
commit80248b2e4888a05adcb903f53af84ee513d22245 (patch)
tree8766b8a2833a897dcc6566ba1587b897230391df /Documentation
parent01385e275828c1116ea9bfcf827f82f450ee8f5f (diff)
Documentation: HTTP needs update-server-info.
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation')
3 files changed, 25 insertions, 10 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/everyday.txt b/Documentation/everyday.txt
index d8d7a64..df1e287 100644
--- a/Documentation/everyday.txt
+++ b/Documentation/everyday.txt
@@ -424,3 +424,14 @@ for branch policy control.
david is the release manager and is the only person who can
create and push version tags.
+HTTP server to support dumb protocol transfer.::
+dev$ git update-server-info <1>
+dev$ ftp <2>
+ftp> cp -r .git /home/user/myproject.git
+<1> make sure your info/refs and objects/info/packs are up-to-date
+<2> upload to public HTTP server hosted by your ISP.
diff --git a/Documentation/git-update-server-info.txt b/Documentation/git-update-server-info.txt
index 527fb30..88a03c7 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-update-server-info.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-update-server-info.txt
@@ -12,11 +12,11 @@ SYNOPSIS
-A dumb server that does not do on-the-fly pack generations can
+A dumb server that does not do on-the-fly pack generations must
have some auxiliary information files in $GIT_DIR/info and
$GIT_OBJECT_DIRECTORY/info directories to help clients discover
-what references and packs the server has and make optimized
-pull decisions. This command generates such auxiliary files.
+what references and packs the server has. This command
+generates such auxiliary files.
diff --git a/Documentation/tutorial.txt b/Documentation/tutorial.txt
index 543afb8..1683f0b 100644
--- a/Documentation/tutorial.txt
+++ b/Documentation/tutorial.txt
@@ -1091,9 +1091,10 @@ lacks and transfers (close to) minimum set of objects.
-HTTP and HTTPS transport are used only for downloading. They
-first obtain the topmost commit object name from the remote site
-by looking at `repo.git/info/refs` file, tries to obtain the
+Downloader from http and https URL
+first obtains the topmost commit object name from the remote site
+by looking at the specified refname under `repo.git/refs/` directory,
+and then tries to obtain the
commit object by downloading from `repo.git/objects/xx/xxx\...`
using the object name of that commit object. Then it reads the
commit object to find out its parent commits and the associate
@@ -1104,7 +1105,9 @@ sometimes also called 'commit walkers'.
The 'commit walkers' are sometimes also called 'dumb
transports', because they do not require any git aware smart
server like git Native transport does. Any stock HTTP server
-would suffice.
+that does not even support directory index would suffice. But
+you must prepare your repository with `git-update-server-info`
+to help dumb transport downloaders.
There are (confusingly enough) `git-ssh-fetch` and `git-ssh-upload`
programs, which are 'commit walkers'; they outlived their
@@ -1517,12 +1520,13 @@ A recommended workflow for a "project lead" goes like this:
2. Prepare a public repository accessible to others.
If other people are pulling from your repository over dumb
-transport protocols, you need to keep this repository 'dumb
-transport friendly'. After `git init-db`,
+transport protocols (HTTP), you need to keep this repository
+'dumb transport friendly'. After `git init-db`,
`$GIT_DIR/hooks/post-update` copied from the standard templates
would contain a call to `git-update-server-info` but the
`post-update` hook itself is disabled by default -- enable it
-with `chmod +x post-update`.
+with `chmod +x post-update`. This makes sure `git-update-server-info`
+keeps the necessary files up-to-date.
3. Push into the public repository from your primary