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authorRichard Hansen <>2013-09-03 19:50:16 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2013-09-03 20:09:17 (GMT)
commit75aa26d34c4a80142512bd980a416b0fb30044c1 (patch)
parente230c568c4b9a991e3175e5f65171a566fd8e39c (diff)
peel_onion(): add support for <rev>^{tag}
Complete the <rev>^{<type>} family of object descriptors by having <rev>^{tag} dereference <rev> until a tag object is found (or fail if unable). At first glance this may not seem very useful, as commits, trees, and blobs cannot be peeled to a tag, and a tag would just peel to itself. However, this can be used to ensure that <rev> names a tag object: $ git rev-parse --verify v1.8.4^{tag} 04f013dc38d7512eadb915eba22efc414f18b869 $ git rev-parse --verify master^{tag} error: master^{tag}: expected tag type, but the object dereferences to tree type fatal: Needed a single revision Users can already ensure that <rev> is a tag object by checking the output of 'git cat-file -t <rev>', but: * users may expect <rev>^{tag} to exist given that <rev>^{commit}, <rev>^{tree}, and <rev>^{blob} all exist * this syntax is more convenient/natural in some circumstances Signed-off-by: Richard Hansen <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
3 files changed, 12 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/revisions.txt b/Documentation/revisions.txt
index d477b3f..b3322ad 100644
--- a/Documentation/revisions.txt
+++ b/Documentation/revisions.txt
@@ -121,6 +121,9 @@ some output processing may assume ref names in UTF-8.
object that exists, without requiring 'rev' to be a tag, and
without dereferencing 'rev'; because a tag is already an object,
it does not have to be dereferenced even once to get to an object.
+'rev{caret}\{tag\}' can be used to ensure that 'rev' identifies an
+existing tag object.
'<rev>{caret}\{\}', e.g. 'v0.99.8{caret}\{\}'::
A suffix '{caret}' followed by an empty brace pair
diff --git a/sha1_name.c b/sha1_name.c
index 65ad066..6dc496d 100644
--- a/sha1_name.c
+++ b/sha1_name.c
@@ -679,6 +679,8 @@ static int peel_onion(const char *name, int len, unsigned char *sha1)
sp++; /* beginning of type name, or closing brace for empty */
if (!strncmp(commit_type, sp, 6) && sp[6] == '}')
expected_type = OBJ_COMMIT;
+ else if (!strncmp(tag_type, sp, 3) && sp[3] == '}')
+ expected_type = OBJ_TAG;
else if (!strncmp(tree_type, sp, 4) && sp[4] == '}')
expected_type = OBJ_TREE;
else if (!strncmp(blob_type, sp, 4) && sp[4] == '}')
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index eaefc77..15973f2 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -54,6 +54,13 @@ test_expect_success 'ref^{tree}' '
test_must_fail git rev-parse blob-tag^{tree}
+test_expect_success 'ref^{tag}' '
+ test_must_fail git rev-parse HEAD^{tag} &&
+ git rev-parse commit-tag >expected &&
+ git rev-parse commit-tag^{tag} >actual &&
+ test_cmp expected actual
test_expect_success 'ref^{/.}' '
git rev-parse master >expected &&
git rev-parse master^{/.} >actual &&