Please respond directly to as I do not have time
to follow this mailing list.

I am attempting to set up a git repository based on an svn repository.
The idea would be that the members of the project would be able to use
git exclusively with the central git repository acting as the
coordinator. This git server would be the only one capable of issuing
the git svn dcommit and git svn rebase and the members of the project
would not have to worry about it. Eventually, the subversion
repository would be transferred to git.

I created a separate Ubuntu VM in order to set up the git repository.
I used "git svn clone -s" to set up MyProject.git on "gitserver"

The command "git branch -a" shows
* master

I then went to my main VM and used ssh to clone the repository

git clone gitserver:/opt/git/MyProject
cd MyProject
git branch -a
* master
  remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master

How do I check out the trunk or appropriate branches from the remote?
I am probably misreading the documentation. Would it be

git checkout -b branch1

does the master on the remote (and here) actually point to the trunk
by default?
should I checkout the branches on "gitserver"?

I also do not see how I can get the list of branches from the remote
location.without having to do an ssh into the gitserver, cd to the
repository directory, and use a 'branch -a' there. Is there a way to
ask for this information? I have not yet been successful in setting up
gitosis yet because this is on an internal company intranet and I do
not have a valid machine name for my accounts as everything is being
done on VMs. Thus, my public key ends with "sabbahillel@desktop-
ubuntu" rather than an actual machine name or address.

Would you have a pointer to a HOW-TO that discusses this.

Thanks for any help that you can give me.

       Sabba     -          סבא הלל        -     Hillel
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