On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Blake McBride <blake1...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.)

I don't understand what is so difficult: 'origin/master' means the
'master' branch in the 'origin' repository. To see the URLs of the
remote repositories you can do 'git remote -v'.

> 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?

Just like you would do with local branches. A command like this
usually does the trick:

  git log --oneline --graph --decorate origin/master...master

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

Why don't you use the link I sent to the ProGit book chapter about
these? It's free.

-- 
Felipe Contreras

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