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Git::Raw::Reference(3pm) User Contributed Perl Documentation Git::Raw::Reference(3pm)


Git::Raw::Reference - Git reference class


version 0.79


A Git::Raw::Reference represents a Git reference.

WARNING: The API of this module is unstable and may change without warning (any change will be appropriately documented in the changelog).


annotated_commit( )

Create a Git::Raw::AnnotatedCommit from the reference.

lookup( $name, $repo )

Retrieve the reference with name $name in $repo.

create( $name, $repo, $object [, $force, $symbolic] )

Creates and returns a new reference named $name in $repo pointing to $object. $object can be a Git::Raw::Blob, Git::Raw::Commit, or a Git::Raw::Tree object. If $force is a truthy value, any existing reference is overwritten. If $force is falsy (the default) and a reference named $name already exists, an error is thrown. If $symbolic is a truthy value, then a symbolic reference is created. If $symbolic is falsy (the default), then a direct reference is created. If $symbolic is a truthy value, then $object can be a Git::Raw::Reference or a string.

delete( )

Delete the reference. The Git::Raw::Reference object must not be accessed afterwards.

name( )

Retrieve the name of the reference.

shorthand( )

Get the reference's short name. This will transform the reference name into a "human-readable" version. If no shortname is appropriate, it will return the full name.

type( )

Retrieve the type of the reference. Can be either "direct" or "symbolic".

target( [$new_target] )

Retrieve the target of the reference. If the $new_target parameter of type Git::Raw::Reference is passed, the reference will be changed to point to it.

Note that updating the target will invalidate all existing handles to the reference.

This function returns either an object (Git::Raw::Blob, Git::Raw::Commit, Git::Raw::Tag or Git::Raw::Tree) for direct references, or another reference for symbolic references.

peel( $type )

Recursively peel the reference until an object of the specified $type is found. Valid values for $type include: "commit", "tree" or "tag".

reflog( )

Retrieve the Git::Raw::Reflog of the reference. Shortcut for "Git::Raw::Reflog->open()".

owner( )

Retrieve the Git::Raw::Repository owning the reference.

is_branch( )

Check if the reference is a branch.

is_remote( )

Check if the reference is remote.

is_tag( )

Check if the reference lives in the "refs/tags" namespace.

is_note( )

Check if the reference lives in the "refs/notes" namespace.


Alessandro Ghedini <>

Jacques Germishuys <>


Copyright 2012 Alessandro Ghedini.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

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