I now see that the -a list option displays all of the branches.  The branch 
names are preceded with remotes/origin.  Don't know what that means or what 
is occurring when I check it out (from the local repository) to make it a 
local branch.  Again, I am lost.  (I come from the subversion world which 
seems easy.)

Also, now that I can see some sort of branches that were created somewhere 
else and have some sort of other status, how can I tell where these 
branches were off of and what cross branch merges occurred?

I have the available three books on git. What would you recommend in order 
to understand all of the above difficulties?

Thanks.

Blake!

On Friday, October 18, 2013 9:19:47 PM UTC-5, Blake McBride wrote:
>
> I appreciate your response, but I don't think it is related to my 
> question.  My local repository is up-to-date as shown.  I understand that 
> my query's are against my local repository.  The point is that git first 
> reports one branch, and then it reports two, when nothing has changed in 
> the local repository.
>
> Please see more direct responses to your reply below.
>
>
> On Friday, October 18, 2013 9:09:22 PM UTC-5, charlesmanning wrote:
>>
>> Try typing "man git branch".
>>
>> You will see that existing branches are shown. That means branches that 
>> exist in your repository.
>>
>
> First it shows one, then two.  No repository changes occurred in between.
>
> If what it is showing is correct, I am totally lost.  I am clearly missing 
> some basic idea here.
>
> Thanks.
>
>  
>
>>
>> Once you check out versionx it will become a local branch.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Blake McBride <blak...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Greetings,
>>>
>>> I am having trouble getting up to speed with git.  Your help is greatly 
>>> appreciated.  For example:
>>>
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git pull
>>> Already up-to-date.
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git branch
>>> * master
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git checkout Version_2_6_10pre
>>> Branch Version_2_6_10pre set up to track remote branch Version_2_6_10pre 
>>> from origin.
>>> Switched to a new branch 'Version_2_6_10pre'
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git branch
>>> * Version_2_6_10pre
>>>   master
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git checkout master
>>> Switched to branch 'master'
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git branch
>>>   Version_2_6_10pre
>>> * master
>>> blake@vm-mint-14 ~/Backup/gcl/gcl.git $ git --version
>>> git version 1.7.10.4
>>>
>>>
>>> The first time I did a 'git branch' it only showed master.  Then, when I 
>>> switch to a branch that I magically know about, git then knows about the 
>>> branch.  Is there some sort of logic to this?  I don't get git because it 
>>> defies any kind of understanding I try to apply to it.
>>>
>>> Your help is greatly appreciated.
>>>
>>> Blake McBride
>>>
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