On Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:37:42 -0400
Paul Smith <p...@mad-scientist.net> wrote:


> The question above is talking only about intermediate merge steps,
> where I want to bring in other peoples' changes into my work branch
> before I merge back to master.
> I'm just wondering if there's some issue with merging directly from
> origin/master, rather than first updating my local master and merging
> from that.  I can't see one.

I can see one: commit ordering in case of your local "master" having
unpushed commits at the time of doing `git pull` so that the resulting
merge is a true merge, not a fast-forward.  Otherwise there shouldn't
be any differences.

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