Use action from current repo before checkout

Hi,

I tried to use an own-backed action from the workflow repository. Goal is to have action sources, workflow sources, and app sources aligned on all commits & branches.

From what I got from this thread, it is possible to either:
[1] use the action before checking out the repo, by passing the whole ref like that in my_workflow.yml

 steps:
    - name: Test my action
      uses: my_org/my_repo/.github/actions/my_action@branch_name

Having the branch name fixed defeats the point to have the actions sources within the app repo: with this example, when an user will trigger a pull-request, the action source will be taken from branch_name instead of the pull-request branch.
Obvious solution would be to use in my_workflow.yml

 steps:
    - name: Test my action
      uses: my_org/my_repo/.github/actions/my_action@${{ github.ref }}

But that leads to following error:

Invalid workflow file
The workflow is not valid. .github/workflows/my_workflow.yml (Line: 19, Col: 13): Unrecognized named-value: 'github'. Located at position 1 within expression: github.ref

[2] proceed the repo checkout before invoking the action.
As we indeed want to factor the checkout part in an action, this would be useless.

Is there a third solution I missed?

Thanks in advance,
Gautier

You need to fetch the repository data before you can use local actions, there’s no way around that. Theoretically you could try to roll your own mechanism to retrieve the repository instead of using actions/checkout, but I think the key question here is: Why do you want to call the action before actions/checkout? :thinking: