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Re: [O] [PATCH] org-attach.el: Fetch attachments from git annex

From: Rasmus
Subject: Re: [O] [PATCH] org-attach.el: Fetch attachments from git annex
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:55:49 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Kyle Meyer <address@hidden> writes:

> Rasmus <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Has Joey spoken for or against automatic fetching of content when
>>>> requested?
>>> I think I'm missing something.  Why would he have an issue with running
>>> "git annex get"?
>> I don't have anything against it, but in OP he also talks about
>> implementing something similar for ox-$BACKEND output...  Which doesn’t
>> seem like a bad request.  Why should org-attachment support git-annex
>> other parts of Org not?  But I don’t think we want to support annexed
>> files in general.  (What about LFS’ed files?  Assuming a similar feature
>> exists)
> I think Joey is a vim user, so I doubt he's said anything about an Emacs
> program choosing to call "git annex get" :)

I want to know if e.g. the git annex (assistant?) could support
transparently getting files.  That is once I try to open file X, which is
annexed and stored somewhere else, X will automatically be fetched
/without/ the need to call "git annex get" first.

I don’t know enough about annex, or file systems, to make a guess.  [And I
always just call "git annex get ." in the root of the annexed folder].

> But yeah, that's a good point about which parts of Org should support or
> care about annexed files.  IMO export and nearly all parts of Org should
> not.  I see org-attach as an exception because it is focused on managing
> external files and already has some support for doing so with git and
> git-annex.  (I think it would be fine for org-attach to support other
> ways of storing files, should someone care to implement it.)  But I
> don't actually use org-attach, so I may be off the mark here.

The problem sounds like an Upstream Problemᵀᴹ (IMO), and I’d be happy to
get rid of org-attach-git-annex-cutoff, i.e. cutting back on the
"explicit" support (in favor of the better tools for this problem built
into git annex).


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