On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:10:05AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> John Keeping <j...@keeping.me.uk> writes:
> 
> > On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 02:11:55PM +0400, Sergei Organov wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> 
> >> After convertion of a project from CVS to git, I'd like to rename some
> >> references in the created git repository (before it's published, so no
> >> problems here). Is there a plumbing that would do:
> >> 
> >> git rename-ref <old_name> <new_name>
> >> 
> >> for me?
> >
> > I think the best you can get is two invocations of `git update-ref`:
> >
> >     git update-ref <new_name> <old_name> &&
> >     git update-ref -d <old_name>
> >
> > Although if you're scripting it the `--stdin` mode may be easier:
> >
> >     git update-ref --stdin <<-\EOF
> >     create <new_name> <old_name>
> >     delete <old_name>
> >     EOF
> >
> > Note that "<new_name>" must be a fully-qualified ref (that is, it must
> > start with "refs/", so "refs/heads/new_name" for a branch or
> > "refs/tags/new_name" for a tag).
> 
> Shouldn't <old_name> also be a full ref?

I tested this before sending the email, and it seemed to do the right
thing specifying only the branch name; so it probably /should/ be a full
ref, but it seems like it doesn't /need/ to be.
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