From: "W. Trevor King" <>

I was recently confused when

  $ git notes merge -v refs/remotes/origin/notes/commits

failed to do (or print) anything.  It turns out that note refs must
live under 'refs/notes/', so my command line ref was expanding to


which wasn't matching anything.

The first of my commits here adds the '--expand' option, so you can
see how Git is expanding your ref internally:

  $ GIT_NOTES_REF=commits git notes get-ref --expand

The second commit makes the expansion less strict about the location
of note refs.  In his initial mail introducing 'git notes', Johan says
that note refs should live under 'refs/notes' [1].  This seems like a
good place for local notes, but note refs from remote repos should
probably live somewhere else (e.g. 'refs/remote-notes/' or
'refs/remotes/<name>/notes/'.  In the initial thread there are a few
messages talking about looking up reverse mappings under 'refs/notes/',
but this seems to all have been before the 'refs/notes/<namespace>/'
stage.  If I'm missing a good reason to keep everything under
'refs/notes/', feel free to ignore the second patch.



W. Trevor King (2):
  notes get-ref: --expand expands the output notes ref.
  notes: don't alter refs starting with 'refs/' in expand_notes_ref

 Documentation/git-notes.txt |  6 +++++-
 builtin/notes.c             | 26 +++++++++++++++++++++-----
 notes.c                     |  2 +-
 t/            | 12 ++++++++++++
 4 files changed, 39 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)


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