Phil Hord <> writes:

> I flagged this for followup in my MUA, but I failed to follow-up after
> the holidays. I apologize for that, and I really regret it because I
> liked where this was going.

I really regret to see you remembered it, actually.

>> 1) Newbie user clones/pulls a repository from somewhere. He hacks
>> around and then things go bad, and he decides to scratch away
>> everything he did to make sure things are like they're supposed to be.
>> He'd then type "git checkout --force --clean master". If he didn't
>> introduce new files, he would simply type "git checkout --force
>> master"
> I like this just fine.  I think we can explicitly say that HEAD is the
> implied default refspec, yes?  "git checkout --force --clean"

That depends on what the "hacks around" involved.  Where is he now,
what damage did he cause, and what can you depend on to take him to
a "clean" state, where the definition of "clean" happens to match
this hypothetical "Newbie user"?  Did he do "git checkout" of
another branch?  Did he commit?  Did he "reset" to other commit
while on the 'master' branch?  Is he still on "master" branch when
he says "git checkout --force --clean <master>"?  Can he say "git
checkout --force --clean master~4" and what does that even mean?  Is
he trying to go into the detached HEAD state, or is he somehow
trying to rewind master?

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