Hi,

In the man page of
git-rev-parse<https://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-rev-parse.html>,
we can read how to resolve abbreviated refs:


When ambiguous, a *<refname>* is disambiguated by taking the first match in
the following rules:

   1.

   If *$GIT_DIR/<refname>* exists, that is what you mean (this is usually
   useful only for *HEAD*, *FETCH_HEAD*, *ORIG_HEAD*, *MERGE_HEAD* and
   *CHERRY_PICK_HEAD*);
   2.

   otherwise, *refs/<refname>* if it exists;
   3.

   otherwise, *refs/tags/<refname>* if it exists;
   4.

   otherwise, *refs/heads/<refname>* if it exists;
   5.

   otherwise, *refs/remotes/<refname>* if it exists;
   6.

   otherwise, *refs/remotes/<refname>/HEAD* if it exists.


It would be nice if there were more rules, specifically:
7. otherwise, refs/heads/*<username>*/<refname> if it exists;
8. otherwise, refs/remotes/*<username>*/<refname> if it exists;
9. otherwise, refs/remotes/*<username>*/<refname>/HEAD if it exists;

People usually have many personal branches like dfanjul/topic1,
dfanjul/topic2, being 'dfanjul' a username. It would be nice to run 'git
checkout topic1' or other git commands knowing that git will try
refs/topic1, refs/heads/topic1, refs/heads/dfanjul/topic1, etc.

I know there are other alternatives like:

   - creating of symbolic refs: git symoblic-ref refs/heads/topic1
   dfanjul/topic1
   - change name of local branches: git config branch.topic1.merge
   refs/heads/dfanjul/topic1

But they don't do exactly the same and have different pros and cons.


Questions:

   - Do you have more alternatives?
   - Would my proposal be useful for some/many people?
   - Is this mailing list the proper way to submit this feature request?


Thanks in advance,
Daniel.



-- 
Daniel Fanjul Alcutén
Tools Engineer @Spotify AB
https://github.com/daniel-fanjul-alcuten

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