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Subject: Re: [boost] [Git] Regression testing modular Boost
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-12-29 15:15:27

on Fri Dec 28 2012, Rene Rivera <> wrote:

> Just getting back to this as the drive on my mac is now repaired.. In a
> totally empty state :-(
> On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM, Dave Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> on Wed Dec 26 2012, Rene Rivera <> wrote:
>> > OK.. What's is the not manual way to do this without having git?
> OK.. That helps somewhat. It makes it possible to just write one piece of
> code for all testers (since we require python and we can add installing
> dulwich to that).

It's even possible to write a script that creates a virtualenv and
installs dulwich there on demand, so testers don't have to do it

> But now I need to figure out what to write to use dulwich (the
> sample/test scripts don't implement all of the git front end commands
> fully).

Yeah, I know; dulwich is closer to the "plumbing" than to the
"porcelain." John Wiegley is my personal best-person-to-ask about how to
use the low-level git bits. John, could you help René with this?

> My goal is to have the equivalent of:
> git clone -b <branch> --depth 1 --recursive
> <some-test-dir>
> The first time, but with the shallow depth also applied recursively
> (something which seems to me to be a bug in git). And subsequent times
> doing:
> git pull --recurse-submodules>
> Or at least that what I understand will give me only the current revision/s
> the first time. And then get only the subsequent updates correctly applied.
> Help in verifying that those would be the correct base git commands to
> emulate is appreciated. For those that will question why I'm going to the
> trouble.. One of the goals of the testing scripts is to minimize disk space
> *and* network bandwidth. Hence the convoluted fetch as minimal info as
> possible and store as minimal info as possible. Which brings a question..
> Is there a way to have the local repo only store the current HEAD
> revision files (i.e. minimize the contents of the .git dir)?

I think that's the shallow clone technique you're using above (--depth
1). Do you have something else in mind?

> And also..
> Is it possible to only store the specific branch revisions in the git
> repo dir?

I don't know, but at this point you might consider whether it would be
more efficient to simply get the information about submodule refs and
then download/unpack all the appropriate .zip files

Dave Abrahams
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