On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:46:01AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> > Bleh. It seems that we did too good a job in coming up with a list of
> > disallowed ref characters; they really are things you don't want in your
> > filenames at all. :)
> Why do no need to even worry about ~ vs : vs whatever in the first
> place?
> With a flag-day per repository "core.repositoryformatversion = 1",
> you do not have to worry about mixture of old-style refs and new
> ones, so refs/heads/next-d/log could be a topic branch 'next/log'
> that is based on an integration branch 'next' branch that physically
> resides at refs/heads/next-f or an entry refs/heads/next in packed
> refs.  Only the API functions in refs.c should care, no?

I think the point was that Michael wanted to select a standard that
could be used for graveyard reflogs _now_, but which would eventually
match the format we use for active refs. And that requires a character
that is not valid in a refname.

Given that the change of format for actives refs would require a flag
day, keeping the graveyard scheme mixable with the current ref rules may
not be worth caring about, though.

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