Automatically create master branch on repository creation?

Is it possible to use automatically create a branch when a repository is created? We've configured all our repositories to reject force push and push to master to require pull requests, but you can't make a pull request to a branch that doesn't exist.

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The problem is that in git, branches are just references that point to commits, so you can't have a branch without any commits.

The closest I can think of, is to create an empty commit in the bare repo on the server, then create master pointing to it.

The following event handler will do it, if you have it listen to RepositoryCreatedEvent. Note you need to refresh the page after creation to see that the branch has been created.

Also note that the common workflow for devs is to create a repo locally, work, decide that they should share it. Then they create a repo in BBS and push to it. I think creating the branch and commit will not allow that, but untested.

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