Thanks again to everyone for the careful and thoughtful responses.
It's an education !

On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 9:06 PM, Petr Baudis <pa...@ucw.cz> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 07, 2010 at 05:58:22PM -0700, Jeffrey wrote:
>> > A key note in git-fetch(1) is:
>> >
>> > > A parameter <ref> without a colon is equivalent to <ref>: when
>> > > pulling/fetching, so it merges <ref> into the current branch without
>> > > storing the remote branch anywhere locally.
>>
>> That bit of the documentation seems a little off to me.  There's no
>> way that "git fetch" actually performs a merge.  What it does is fetch
>> the objects and update FETCH_HEAD to point to the fetched ref.
>
> My guess is that this piece of text was originally written as part of
> git-pull(1) or something. A patch will be surely welcome.
>
>                                Petr "Pasky" Baudis
>
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