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From: Jeff King <>
To: Jacob Keller <>
Cc: Git mailing list <>
Subject: Re: avoiding fetching specific refs from a remote
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 02:37:04 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, Aug 04, 2020 at 02:53:30PM -0700, Jacob Keller wrote:

> This results in the annoying completion behavior where:
> $git checkout ma<TAB>
> main
> master
> Essentially, because both main and master have similar names, tab
> completion requires remembering to type one additional character than
> I am used to.

Heh, I didn't think anybody considered that implication so far; the fact
that they were similar names has generally been considered a positive. I
agree it would be annoying.

> I'd like to be able to customize my pull so that I either (a) exclude
> the reference when performing a fetch, or (b) exclude the reference
> when tab completing.

Not quite (b), but if you:

  - delete any local "master" branch, if you haven't already


then it shouldn't complete "master". The second is necessary because
we'd try to complete the magic "git checkout master" that auto-creates
the branch from the remote version.

> something like adding a remote.<name>.excludeRefs which would allow
> specifying a set of references to exclude from matching the refspec..
> I realize I could customize the refspec to list the set of things I
> want, but then I would miss any potential future branches until I
> updated my remote config again.

This is definitely a reasonable thing to want, and it has come up off
and on over the years. One search term for the list archive is "negative
refspecs", though it turns up a lot of useless hits when the two words
are not directly adjacent.

This old thread might be worth reading:

and there is even a patch in there:

but I didn't go over it carefully enough to know whether it is utter
trash, or something that could be used as a starting point.


  reply	other threads:[~2020-08-05  6:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-04 21:53 Jacob Keller
2020-08-05  6:37 ` Jeff King [this message]
2020-08-05 16:22   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-05 20:34     ` Jacob Keller
2020-08-05 20:34     ` Jeff King
2020-08-05 20:31   ` Jacob Keller
2020-08-05 22:12   ` Philippe Blain
2020-08-07  8:04     ` Eric Wong
2020-08-12 22:04   ` Jacob Keller
2020-08-13  8:48     ` Jeff King

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