Add the beginnings of support for dependencies for SCMClients.

Review Request #12529 — Created Aug. 13, 2022 and submitted — Latest diff uploaded




All of our SCMClients need to check for compatible tools to wrap, but
we've never really had a formal way of doing these checks. We eventually
sort of standardized on doing them in get_local_path(), but this both
meant that tools couldn't be checked up-front, and that tools would
re-check every time we wanted to check the path. We dealt with this
through caching of information, but it wasn't great.

This approach also had a problem where get_local_path() was doing the
GNU diff checks. With Apple Diff support coming, we needed a better way
of checking the diff tool, outside of the SCMClient. That led to a
rethink on dependency checks.

SCMClients should now implement check_dependencies() to do their tool
existence/version checks. This method must raise a
ClientDependencyError exception if all mandatory dependencies fail.

It may store any data on the instance or on a class to indicate, for
example, which executable name or tool version it's working with.

It also must not check for GNU diff, as that will be a check performed
outside of the SCMClients.

When instantiating a tool, it's now required to run either
scm_client.setup() or scm_client.has_dependencies().

BaseSCMClient.setup() will check for dependencies the first time it's
called and will store whether the tool has dependencies. If dependency
checks fail, it will re-raise the exception. Callers should explicitly
call setup() if they are interested in the details of the missing

This method must not be overridden. If SCMClients need additional setup
hooks, that's something we'd need to provide separately for setup() to

BaseSCMClient.has_dependencies() will call setup() if needed. It
then returns a boolean indicating if dependencies are present. This is a
good alternative if the caller just needs to check the usability of a
tool before doing anything else with it.

As of RBTools 4.0, clients can be used without calling setup(), but a
deprecation warning will be issued. This will help transition to the new
behavior. This takes place in has_dependencies() with the default
parameter of expect_checked=True. In RBTools 5, this will raise an
exception instead.

Upcoming changes will begin to transition over to this for specifying
dependencies, for simplifying get_local_path(), and for calling

Unit tests pass on Python 3.7-3.11.