Hi Philip,

On Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:42:03 PM UTC-4, Philip Oakley wrote:
> Recently there have been a couple of example commands that have a single 
> dot '.' in the command line. 
> In this case what is its proper meaning, that is, is it expanded by the 
> bash shell, or by git it self, and what would its typical expanded 
> version look like if it is the current dicetory e.g. fully qualified 
> etc. ?

I'm afraid none of the replies here have been correct. When used with 
fetch/push/pull, the dot means `this (the local) repository'.

> [...]
> On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM, Jonathan Nieder 
> <jrni...@gmail.com<javascript:>> 
> wrote: 
> > Another trick is to use "git push": 
> >         git push . $production_sha1:refs/heads/master 

This means push this repository's $production_sha1 to this (same) 
repository's master. This is a shortcut way of saying

git checkout master
git merge --ff-only $production_sha1
git checkout $production_sha1

Where $production_sha1 can be any branch, tag, or commit ID. Notice the 
`--ff-only', which forces $production_sha1 to be a descendant of master. 
Remember that this is how push behaves by default.

> [...]
> 'git fetch .' 

This means fetch all refs from this repo into this repo as remote refs. As 
you are probably thinking, this doesn't make much sense. So I think the git 
devs are discussing adding an option here to clarify the use cases:

> in [PATCH 1/3] fetch: add --allow-local option, 



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