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From: Jeff King <>
Cc: Patrick Steinhardt <>
Subject: [PATCH 4/8] refs: disallow dash in pseudoref syntax
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2024 04:23:02 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Our is_pseudoref_syntax() function allows upper-case letters, underscore
("_") and dash ("-"). Our glossary definition is vague on the allowed
punctuation, but I don't think we have ever used a pseudoref with
anything but an underscore. And the existing open-coded syntax check in
refname_is_safe() allows only underscores.

The logic comes from 266b18273a (refs: add ref_type function,
2015-07-31), but I couldn't find any comment on the dash in the commit
message or the list discussion. It's used mostly for is_pseudoref(),
which further requires that the name either end in "_HEAD" or be one of
a specific set of "irregular" pseudorefs.

So I don't think we'd ever see a dash in the real world (you'd need
to have "FOO-BAR_HEAD"). Let's tighten this up now so that the function
is consistent with (and can be used in) other spots.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
 refs.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/refs.c b/refs.c
index d3d21ecd43..b202dca904 100644
--- a/refs.c
+++ b/refs.c
@@ -169,7 +169,7 @@ static int is_pseudoref_syntax(const char *refname)
 	const char *c;
 	for (c = refname; *c; c++) {
-		if (!isupper(*c) && *c != '-' && *c != '_')
+		if (!isupper(*c) && *c != '_')
 			return 0;

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