Every time a commit is modified, remotefilelog updates the metadata for the file
object to point to the new commit (I believe that this is different from
non-remotefilelog hg, which leaves the linkrevs pointing to the obsolete
commits; doing otherwise would involve changing data in the middle of revlogs).
With hg strip (or other things that use repair.strip()), when you strip a
commit that's not the tip of the revlog, there may be commits after it in revnum
order that aren't descended from it and don't need to be (and shouldn't be)
stripped. These are "saved" by strip in a bundle, and that bundle is reapplied
after truncating the relevant revlogs.
Remotefilelog generally avoids being involved at all in strip. Currently, that
includes even providing file contents to this backup bundle. This can cause the
linknode to point to a changeset that is no longer in the repository.
@ 3 df91f74b871e | | x 2 70494d7ec5ef |/ | x 1 1e423846dde0 |/ o 0 b292c1e3311f
Commits 1, 2, and 3 are related via obsolescence, and are description-only
changes. The linknode for the file in these commits changed each time we updated
the description, so it's currently df91f7. If I strip commits 1 and 3, however,
the linknode *remains* df91f7, which no longer exists in the repository. Commit
70494d was "saved", stripped, and then reapplied, so it is in the repository (as
revision 1 instead of 2 now), and was unobsoleted since the obsmarker was
stripped as well. The linknode for the file should point to 70494d, the most
recent commit that is in the repository that modified the file.
Remotefilelog has some logic to handle broken linknodes, but it can be slow. We
have actually disabled it internally because it's too slow for our purposes.