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authorThomas Gummerer <>2016-01-18 23:20:50 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2016-01-19 18:07:56 (GMT)
commit99c08d4eb28f0525d71125e7903fd4462bfd6787 (patch)
tree3b08569626d8d45f67497d3a4acc5d4605e2e0f9 /builtin/ls-remote.c
parentba5f28bf79ea652fbe2be12f5ca6b351bb6ad591 (diff)
ls-remote: add support for showing symrefs
Sometimes it's useful to know the main branch of a git repository without actually downloading the repository. This can be done by looking at the symrefs stored in the remote repository. Currently git doesn't provide a simple way to show the symrefs stored on the remote repository, even though the information is available. Add a --symref command line argument to the ls-remote command, which shows the symrefs in the remote repository. While there, replace a literal tab in the format string with \t to make it more obvious to the reader. Suggested-by: pedro rijo <> Signed-off-by: Thomas Gummerer <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'builtin/ls-remote.c')
1 files changed, 8 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/builtin/ls-remote.c b/builtin/ls-remote.c
index 3a20378..66cdd45 100644
--- a/builtin/ls-remote.c
+++ b/builtin/ls-remote.c
@@ -5,7 +5,8 @@
static const char * const ls_remote_usage[] = {
N_("git ls-remote [--heads] [--tags] [--refs] [--upload-pack=<exec>]\n"
- " [-q | --quiet] [--exit-code] [--get-url] [<repository> [<refs>...]]"),
+ " [-q | --quiet] [--exit-code] [--get-url]\n"
+ " [--symref] [<repository> [<refs>...]]"),
@@ -37,6 +38,7 @@ int cmd_ls_remote(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
int get_url = 0;
int quiet = 0;
int status = 0;
+ int show_symref_target = 0;
const char *uploadpack = NULL;
const char **pattern = NULL;
@@ -58,6 +60,8 @@ int cmd_ls_remote(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
N_("take url.<base>.insteadOf into account")),
OPT_SET_INT(0, "exit-code", &status,
N_("exit with exit code 2 if no matching refs are found"), 2),
+ OPT_BOOL(0, "symref", &show_symref_target,
+ N_("show underlying ref in addition to the object pointed by it")),
@@ -101,7 +105,9 @@ int cmd_ls_remote(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
if (!tail_match(pattern, ref->name))
- printf("%s %s\n", oid_to_hex(&ref->old_oid), ref->name);
+ if (show_symref_target && ref->symref)
+ printf("ref: %s\t%s\n", ref->symref, ref->name);
+ printf("%s\t%s\n", oid_to_hex(&ref->old_oid), ref->name);
status = 0; /* we found something */
return status;