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From: Jeff King <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc: Taylor Blau <>,
	Matt McCutchen <>,
Subject: Re: Renaming the "master" branch without breaking existing clones
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2020 17:11:12 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 02:02:14PM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> > There are probably some rough edges that could be smoothed (only looking
> > in refs/heads/ and using branch names instead of fully qualified refs,
> > handling the case that $to already exists more gracefully, better
> > prompting). But something like that might be useful for projects that
> > are transitioning.
> >
> > Note that it only works with protocol v2, though, because we don't
> > report non-HEAD symrefs in v0.
> Renaming local branches themselves is probably the least interesting
> part.  You could even do _without_ renaming your local branches at
> all and keep working without any problem.  But you need to be able
> to adjust to the renaming upstream does, so if your 'topic' branch
> builds on top of 'refs/remotes/origin/master' and your upstream
> renames it to 'refs/remotes/origin/stuff' you'd need to reconfigure
> 'topic' branch to also build on and/or integrate with 'stuff'
> instead of 'master'.

Yeah, good point. That would be pretty easy to add to the script I
showed by looking at:

  git config --get-regexp 'branch\..*\.merge' refs/heads/master

And I guess checking the matching branch.*.remote to match $remote. I
think we're getting to the realm where it would be easier to implement
in something besides shell. :)

But I do think a "branch renaming" helper like this might be useful for
projects undergoing this rename. I don't think it makes sense to have as
a first-class Git command, but I wouldn't be opposed to carrying
something like it in contrib/ if somebody wanted to polish it up.


  reply	other threads:[~2020-08-03 21:11 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-03 12:15 Matt McCutchen
2020-08-03 16:00 ` Taylor Blau
2020-08-03 16:19   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-03 16:39     ` Taylor Blau
2020-08-03 19:40   ` Jeff King
2020-08-03 20:40     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-03 20:45     ` Jeff King
2020-08-03 21:02       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-03 21:11         ` Jeff King [this message]
2020-08-03 21:38           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-04  0:37     ` Matt McCutchen
2020-08-04  0:43   ` Matt McCutchen
2020-08-03 16:14 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-03 17:41   ` Matt McCutchen
2020-08-03 18:20   ` Kaartic Sivaraam
2020-08-03 18:47     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-04  8:50       ` Kaartic Sivaraam

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