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authorJohan Herland <>2012-10-21 11:32:33 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2012-10-21 19:17:38 (GMT)
commit9ab55daa55377fa258c18ffb90211547e299eec9 (patch)
tree1c3d17bf9f00b92de5c1c09d8056114f6f964387 /Documentation/git-symbolic-ref.txt
parent87a5461fa7b30f7b7baf27204f10219d61500fbf (diff)
git symbolic-ref --delete $symref
Teach symbolic-ref to delete symrefs by adding the -d/--delete option to git-symbolic-ref. Both proper and dangling symrefs are deleted by this option, but other refs - or anything else that is not a symref - is not. The symref deletion is performed by first verifying that we are given a proper symref, and then invoking delete_ref() on it with the REF_NODEREF flag. Signed-off-by: Johan Herland <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-symbolic-ref.txt b/Documentation/git-symbolic-ref.txt
index 981d3a8..ef68ad2 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-symbolic-ref.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-symbolic-ref.txt
@@ -3,13 +3,14 @@ git-symbolic-ref(1)
-git-symbolic-ref - Read and modify symbolic refs
+git-symbolic-ref - Read, modify and delete symbolic refs
'git symbolic-ref' [-m <reason>] <name> <ref>
'git symbolic-ref' [-q] [--short] <name>
+'git symbolic-ref' --delete [-q] <name>
@@ -21,6 +22,9 @@ argument to see which branch your working tree is on.
Given two arguments, creates or updates a symbolic ref <name> to
point at the given branch <ref>.
+Given `--delete` and an additional argument, deletes the given
+symbolic ref.
A symbolic ref is a regular file that stores a string that
begins with `ref: refs/`. For example, your `.git/HEAD` is
a regular file whose contents is `ref: refs/heads/master`.
@@ -28,6 +32,10 @@ a regular file whose contents is `ref: refs/heads/master`.
+ Delete the symbolic ref <name>.
Do not issue an error message if the <name> is not a