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From: Kaartic Sivaraam <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc: Matt McCutchen <>,
Subject: Re: Renaming the "master" branch without breaking existing clones
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2020 23:50:29 +0530	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 03-08-2020 21:44, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> If we wanted to do this properly, I'd imagine we'd need to add a
> mechanism for repositories to convey "this branch that used to exist
> got renamed to this other name", not specifically for any "special"
> branch name (like 'master').  If we plan to never allow reusing the
> old and banned name, it probably is enough to turn the old name into
> a symbolic ref that points at the new name, e.g. in my repository
>     $ git update-ref refs/heads/seen refs/heads/pu
>     $ git update-ref -d refs/heads/pu
>     $ git symbolic-ref refs/heads/pu refs/heads/seen
> which would create a symbolic reference 'pu' that points at 'seen'
> to say "pu used to exist but it is now seen".
> But that would not work well, as we must allow reusing the old name,
> as the primary point of renaming 'pu' to 'seen' in this project was
> so that we can accept topics from contributors whose anglicized name
> has 'p' and 'u' in capital letters as pu/$topicname branches.  Having
> a symbolic ref 'pu' would defeat that plan.

Of course. Though, having a symbolic ref of 'pu/seen' to 'seen' would
hopefully not defeat the plan while being a little helpful ;)

Sharing a thing that just crossed my mind while reading this.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-08-03 18:20 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
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 [this message]
2020-08-03 18:47     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-04  8:50       ` Kaartic Sivaraam

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