The documentation says that "If no 'refspec' capability is advertised,
there is an implied `refspec *:*`" but this is only the case for the
"import" command.

Since there is a comment in transport-helper.c indicating that this
default is for historical reasons, change the documentation to clarify
that a refspec should always be specified.

Signed-off-by: John Keeping <>
 Documentation/gitremote-helpers.txt | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/gitremote-helpers.txt 
index 0c91aba..f506031 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitremote-helpers.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitremote-helpers.txt
@@ -174,8 +174,8 @@ ref.
 This capability can be advertised multiple times.  The first
 applicable refspec takes precedence.  The left-hand of refspecs
 advertised with this capability must cover all refs reported by
-the list command.  If no 'refspec' capability is advertised,
-there is an implied `refspec *:*`.
+the list command.  If a helper does not need a specific 'refspec'
+capability then it should advertise `refspec *:*`.
        This modifies the 'import' capability.

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