Junio C Hamano wrote:

>                implication of which is that the 'at least one slash'
> rule was to expect things are 'refs/<anything>' so there will be at
> least one.  Even back then, that <anything> alone had at least one
> slash (e.g. heads/master), but the intention was *never* that we
> would forbid <anything> that does not have a slash by feeding
> <anything> part alone to check-ref-format, i.e. things like
> "refs/stash" were designed to be allowed.

Now I'm more confused.  Until 5f7b202a (2008-01-01), there was a

                if (level < 2)
                        return -2; /* at least of form "heads/blah" */

and that behavior has been preserved since the beginning.

Why do most old callers pass a string that doesn't start with refs/
(e.g., see the callers in 03feddd6, 2005-10-13)?  Has the intent been
to relax the requirement since then?

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