Renaming the 'master' branch

Ján Tomko jtomko at
Tue Sep 29 16:03:30 UTC 2020

On a Tuesday in 2020, Peter Krempa wrote:
>On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 17:33:15 +0200, Ján Tomko wrote:
>> According to latest fashion trends, it is possible
>> to rename the default branch.
>> Can we rename it to 'main'?
>> It's one less syllable and two letters shorter.
>We should do this only if it's possible to rename it in such a way that
>keeps old checkouts working. I don't want to fix all clones I have
>around and I don't want to fix my muscle memory.

In that case, I probably asked too early since not even GitHub (which
plans to change the default for new repos soon) supports that:

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