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From Michael Osipov <>
Subject Re: ScmProvider.list()
Date Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:11:59 GMT
Am 2018-04-01 um 23:01 schrieb Stephen Connolly:
> On Sun 1 Apr 2018 at 17:21, Michael Osipov <> wrote:
>> Am 2018-04-01 um 13:54 schrieb Stephen Connolly:
>>> On Fri 30 Mar 2018 at 10:20, Michael Osipov <> wrote:
>>>> Am 2018-03-30 um 10:47 schrieb Basin Ilya:
>>>>> Hi.
>>>>> We need your opinion on the following topic. While Svn and Cvs
>> providers
>>>> perform the list() operation remotely and don't need a checkout
>> directory,
>>>> Git and some others
>>>>> simply list the local files (generally, because their SCMs don't
>> provide
>>>> a remote list method). Arguments passed to the list() method also have
>>>> different meanings for those
>>>>> providers.
>>>>> We should specify in the ScmProvider.list() javadoc that if the SCM
>> does
>>>> not support remote listing, then the method should just fail and also
>>>> modify the existing
>>>>> ListCommand implementations.
>>>> My opinion on this is that the ListCommand says remote repos. If some
>>>> SCM provider implements it wrong, it either has to be dropped or
>>>> corrected. I don't like the idea to checkout or clone to list files.
>>>> The Git provider has been implemented incorrectly from the beginning. I
>>>> checked some other SCMs and they don't implement it at all.
>>>> This needs to be fixed in 2.0.0.
>>> It depends, git being distributed, if you have the local checkout, you
>> can
>>> list exactly without needing to go remote.
>> No, the docs say remote list. Not local list.
>>> But perhaps the thing here is to enhance the api to provide for both
>> cases.
>> Likely, but you will end up in a split situation because not every SCM
>> will implement your usercase.
>>> At the minimum, git could do an ls-remote and then list from local once
>> the
>>> revision is confirmed present (which would meet a goal of being a “read
>>> only” operation)
>> ls-remote does *not* list any files remotely, it lists remote refs.
> And if we have the remote ref local then *because refs are immutable* we
> can list the files from local.
> I think the only issue is the lack of a call to ls-remote

I do not understand what you are trying to say. How is the output of 
ls-remote/remote refs relateed to the remote file listing?
Even if you have the current branch, you still cannot list the files 
because you don't know wether your local branch is uptodate with remote.


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