Git Refspec

Way to describe remote branches and local references. The language for git-fetch command to decide how to fetch REFerences (fetch according to refSPEC).

Start with an optional +1, follow by remote:local. remote is the pattern to describe branches on remote. local is the pattern to describe branches at local.

To demostrate in Ruby will look like:

class RefSpec < Struct.new(:remote, :local)
  def self.parse(str)
    remote, local, rest = str.split(":")

    if remote && !rest
      if local
        new(remote, local)
      else
        new(remote, remote)
      end
    else
      nil
    end
  end
end

Refspec Examples

  • refs/heads/
+refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
  • refs/pull/
+refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
  • refs/tags/

For tags

+refs/tags/*:refs/tags/*

You would use it like this:

git fetch --depth=1 origin +refs/tags/*:refs/tags/*

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