Branch permission pattern foo/bar**

Will the branch permission pattern foo/bar** match foo/barbat or does ** only match strictly separated path elements (e.g. foo/bar/bat)? isn't totally clear about that.

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Hello Jan,

Thank you for your question.

Based on the documentation you have mentioned and in your inquire, it seems you are interested on knowing how to refer any branch that starts with foo/bar (i.e.: foo/bar, foo/barbat, foo/bare). If so, you could use the following pattern:



Matches any branch or tag named PROJECT-*, even in a name space.

e.g. refs/heads/PROJECT-1234, refs/heads/stable/PROJECT-new or refs/tags/PROJECT-1.1

If you find this answer useful, I would kindly ask you to accept it so the same will be visible to others who might be facing the same issue you have inquired.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,
Rafael P. Sperafico
Atlassian Support

That's true, but not really what I was asking. I'd like to know whether foo/bar** is guaranteed to match foo/barbat (as well as foo/bar/bat, foo/barbat/baz, etc). It's not entirely clear from the spec, at least there is no example mentioning this case.


Stash is using Spring's AntPathMatcher internally which is based on Ant patterns. From Ant's documentation:

/test/** matches all files/directories under /test/, such as /test/, or /test/foo/bar/xyz.html, but not /xyz.xml.

which means foo/bar** matches foo/barbat.

Kind regards,


That's how I read it as well. But it's not totally clear from the spec. It doesn't explicitly mention the case of ** being preceded by anything other than / or nothing.

You're right, it's not clear from the spec. I can only tell from the implementation side how AntPathMatcher is working. Only the code tells the truth :-)

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