Yeah the copies include .git and no object store relocation is done.
Regarding the second issue thanks for the clarification. I started
using branches recently and I was confused since the branches folder
inside .git is empty. However for example there are files in .git/refs/
heads that contain info about the branches I have. I will follow your
advice to restore the project in case just restoring the copy I have
gives me problems (I'll test first with one test project I also have
Yeah everything should be pushed to the servers.
Thanks for your comments!
On Aug 25, 6:39 pm, Konstantin Khomoutov
> On Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:37:45 -0700 (PDT)
> GunsNRails <joseg...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Two days ago my mbp just died and I need to erase and reinstall.
> > I use git for some Rails projects. As far as I remember all the
> > projects where pushed to remote repositories in Heroku so I think the
> > changes are there safe. One of the projects has 2 branches and each
> > branch was pushed to a different repository.
> > Also just in case I had access to the broken drive and managed to copy
> > the projects to a USB stick.
> > My questions:
> > 1- Do the copies I have on the USB contain all the stuff, including
> > branches? My guess is they do but just want to double check before
> > erasing.
> Depends on how do you define "copy".
> If you copied a project directory including the ".git" directory
> contained in it, and you had no funky configuration involving
> relocation of the object store, the answer is yes.
> > 2- In any case I guess that cloning from the remote repositories would
> > restore my local system as it was. But regarding the one that has 2
> > branches would the clone from one remote repository contain the
> > details about the other branch? My guess is yes again.
> Your guess is wrong: in Git, branches are somewhat orthogonal to the
> content they help to track. A branch is merely a moving pointer to a
> commit: when you push a branch to a remote repo, in that repo such a
> pointer (a special file in the Git data directory, actually) is created
> and is set to point to the commit which has been pushed into that
> branch. Commit objects themselves do not hold any information related
> to the branch they are on (or were on in the past) nor do branches keep
> any information about other branches.
> To recap: a branch physically is just a file under the ".git" directory
> of your local repository, it's not pushed anywhere. Also a tracking
> branch has a special entry in your .git/config file which specifies how
> it is to be synchronised with the branch it tracks.
> But in this particular case you could just clone the first repo (no
> matter which one first) then add another remote for the other repo and
> fetch the missing branch from it. Provided you had no local
> unpublished (not pushed anywhere) branches that would restore the
> pre-fail state of your local repository.
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