On Tue, 14 Jan 2020, Georg-Johann Lay wrote:

> A branch called branchname can be checked out with the following command:
>     git clone -b branchname ...
> Referring to this as "checking out" is confusing IMO, because it may be
> confused with
>     git checkout -b branchname
> Whereas the latter is a checkout of some branch (or changing the branch)
> within the same local copy, the former is *cloning* into an individual, fresh
> local copy which has only the mentioned branch.

I think the simple case for git beginners is having separate, independent 
directories for each branch being used, but I see it's been changed to 
describe checking out a branch in an existing clone instead.

Joseph S. Myers

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