negotiator: unknown fetch.negotiationAlgorithm should error out

Change the handling of fetch.negotiationAlgorithm=<str> to error out
on unknown strings, i.e. everything except "default" or "skipping".

This changes the behavior added in 42cc7485a2 ("negotiator/skipping:
skip commits during fetch", 2018-07-16) which would ignore all unknown
values and silently fall back to the "default" value.

For a feature like this it's much better to produce an error than
proceed. We don't want users to debug some amazingly slow fetch that
should benefit from "skipping", only to find that they'd forgotten to
deploy the new git version on that particular machine.

Signed-off-by: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 4 years ago committed by Junio C Hamano
parent 35e22d54ed
commit af3a67de01
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@ -1496,9 +1496,10 @@ fetch.negotiationAlgorithm::
sent when negotiating the contents of the packfile to be sent by the
server. Set to "skipping" to use an algorithm that skips commits in an
effort to converge faster, but may result in a larger-than-necessary
packfile; any other value instructs Git to use the default algorithm
packfile; The default is "default" which instructs Git to use the default algorithm
that never skips commits (unless the server has acknowledged it or one
of its descendants).
Unknown values will cause 'git fetch' to error out.
Enable multipart/mixed attachments as the default for

@ -6,9 +6,15 @@
void fetch_negotiator_init(struct fetch_negotiator *negotiator,
const char *algorithm)
if (algorithm && !strcmp(algorithm, "skipping")) {
if (algorithm) {
if (!strcmp(algorithm, "skipping")) {
} else if (!strcmp(algorithm, "default")) {
/* Fall through to default initialization */
} else {
die("unknown fetch negotiation algorithm '%s'", algorithm);

@ -47,6 +47,29 @@ test_expect_success 'commits with no parents are sent regardless of skip distanc
have_not_sent c6 c4 c3
test_expect_success 'unknown fetch.negotiationAlgorithm values error out' '
rm -rf server client trace &&
git init server &&
test_commit -C server to_fetch &&
git init client &&
test_commit -C client on_client &&
git -C client checkout on_client &&
test_config -C client fetch.negotiationAlgorithm invalid &&
test_must_fail git -C client fetch "$(pwd)/server" 2>err &&
test_i18ngrep "unknown fetch negotiation algorithm" err &&
# Explicit "default" value
test_config -C client fetch.negotiationAlgorithm default &&
git -C client -c fetch.negotiationAlgorithm=default fetch "$(pwd)/server" &&
# Implementation detail: If there is nothing to fetch, we will not error out
test_config -C client fetch.negotiationAlgorithm invalid &&
git -C client fetch "$(pwd)/server" 2>err &&
test_i18ngrep ! "unknown fetch negotiation algorithm" err
test_expect_success 'when two skips collide, favor the larger one' '
rm -rf server client trace &&
git init server &&