On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 02:49:16PM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> Let's tell these branches that they are both supposed to be building
> on top of 'master'.
>     : gitster track/master; git config branch.foo.remote .
>     : gitster track/master; git config branch.foo.merge refs/heads/master
>     : gitster track/master; git config branch.bar.remote .
>     : gitster track/master; git config branch.bar.merge master
> The difference between the two is that 'foo' spells the @{upstream}
> branch in full (which is the recommended practice), while 'bar' is
> loose and asks for 'master'.

Is it legal to put an unqualified ref there? A wise man once said[1]:

  > Actually, it is broken in a lot of places. for-each-ref relies on
  > the same code as "git status", "git checkout", etc, which will all
  > fail to display tracking info. I believe the same code is also used
  > for updating tracking branches on push. So I'm not sure if it was
  > ever intended to be a valid setting.

  It wasn't.  Some places may accept them gracefully by either being
  extra nice or by accident.

I don't recall us ever doing anything after that. I don't have a problem
with making it work, of course, but I am not sure if it is really a bug.


[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/121671
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