Casey Meijer <email@example.com> writes: > `git version 2.21.0` > Â > Example > ------------ > Â > `git symbolic-ref DEV refs/heads/dev` > `git symbolic-ref DEV` > `>> refs/heads/dev > `git show-ref DEV` > `>> [NO OUTPUT]` > Â > Expected output > --------------------- > Â > `FULL_COMMIT_HASH refs/heads/dev` What made you expect such an output? That may be caused by a documentation bug or two, which may well be worth fixing. The show-ref command never resolves a symbolic ref to its pointee, and it only shows things under refs/ hierarchy. And DEV is not special. git show-ref HEAD would not show HEAD (i.e. the commit that is at the tip of the current branch), and it would show refs/remotes/origin/HEAD in a repository cloned from elsewhere but it does not say what other ref is pointed at (in other words, what the remote repository considered the primarily interesting branch). Thanks.