I <think> your suggestion will satisfy what I'm looking for.

The second reason you gave is my objective, am looking to perform a remote 
"copy" operation from one branch (master) to another (gh-pages), and try to 
execute that without downloading to the client, so as to avoid unnecessary 
downloading to the client if not needed.

Will test.


On Saturday, August 4, 2012 1:29:14 PM UTC-7, TSU wrote:
> For a new repo,
> Believe these are the steps to at least setup the gh-pages branch using 
> this github instruction page as guidance
> - Clone the repo locally
> - Create an orphaned gh-pages branch locally
> - Remove the existing files (likely the master branch)
> Now,
> The github instructions describe how to create a file called index.html 
> and commit/push the change to github.
> After pushing the file to github, as expected the gh-pages branch is also 
> created remotely.
> I was hoping that it should be possible to simply merge the master branch, 
> ie (while the working branch is gh-pages)
> git merge master
> But, it isn't working, possibly because the operation is being executed 
> locally and not remotely? If this is the case, is there a "remote merge"
> Am hoping to avoid downloading the master branch, copying elsewhere, then 
> switching to the gh-pages branch, then copying all the master branch files 
> into the local gh-pages branch before uploading which is similar to the FTP 
> workaround (There, you also cannot simply dopy a file, you also have to 
> download and re-upload).
> TIA,
> TS

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