On Aug 16, 2010, at 10:16 AM, David Doria wrote:

> It seems like it creates a NEW branch because I get

That's really what you want though.  You can think of the 
remotes/origin/VTK-GraphConversions branch, as your local mirror of the remote 
branch.  You will never commit to it directly because then it wouldn't mirror 
the remote server.  That's why git puts you on a "detached head" when you try 
to check it out.

So what you really want to do is create a local branch that is linked to the 
remote branch, that you can then commit to and push back upstream.  See my 
previous email about how to ensure you get the upstream configuration set up 
using the --track option.

dan

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