Yes, it looks like I had a local branch “origin” which was behind by 108
commits. 

Setting upstream to the local branch correctly states "track local branch
origin”.

It was my mistake, there is no bug.

Thanks,


$ git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name origin
refs/heads/origin
# origin is a local branch

$ git show refs/heads/origin
commit ad8c3ee6cb7740627e4ecddb418c826bc8597d3d # old commit, 108 commits
behind master


$ git branch
...
* master
...
  origin
...

$ git show origin 
commit ad8c3ee6cb7740627e4ecddb418c826bc8597d3d
Merge: e16bda3 4b7564d

$ git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/master
Branch master set up to track remote branch master from origin


$ git branch --set-upstream-to=origin #correctly says "track local branch
origin"
Branch master set up to track local branch origin.

$ git status
On branch master
Your branch is ahead of 'origin' by 108 commits.
  (use "git push" to publish your local commits)
Untracked files:
  (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)

...
nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to
track)


$ git branch -d origin
Deleted branch origin (was ad8c3ee).
$

$ git status
On branch master
Your branch is based on 'origin', but the upstream is gone.
  (use "git branch --unset-upstream" to fixup)




On 12/1/16, 2:23 PM, "Jeff King" <p...@peff.net> wrote:

>On Thu, Dec 01, 2016 at 10:03:33PM +0000, Alfonsogonzalez, Ernesto (GE
>Digital) wrote:
>
>> So I used branch ‹set-upstream and see the expected behavior.
>> 
>> $ git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/master
>> Branch master set up to track remote branch master from origin.
>
>Ah, that makes sense.
>
>> I¹m still not sure what it means for the branch upstream to be ³origin²
>> only.
>
>The name "origin" generally resolves to refs/remotes/origin/HEAD, which
>is a symbolic ref pointing to the "default branch" for that remote.
>That's generally set at clone time from what the remote has in its HEAD,
>but you can update it with "git remote set-head" if you want to.
>
>But that's just for resolving the name; I'm not sure that it would work
>to set a branch's upstream to just "origin".  Do you possibly have
>another ref named origin?
>
>-Peff

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