The context of the example to push into refs/remotes/satellite/
hierarchy of the other repository needs to be spelled out explicitly
for the value of this example to be fully appreciated.  Make it so.

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Brandon Casey <> writes:

>> So refs are correct. The context is not sufficiently explained.
> Ah, I see.  Yeah, I think that is complex enough to merit an
> extended explanation.

Something like this?

 Documentation/git-push.txt | 16 ++++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git c/Documentation/git-push.txt w/Documentation/git-push.txt
index 6d19d59..8b637d3 100644
--- c/Documentation/git-push.txt
+++ w/Documentation/git-push.txt
@@ -385,11 +385,23 @@ the ones in the examples below) can be configured as the 
default for
        A handy way to push the current branch to the same name on the
-`git push origin master:satellite/master dev:satellite/dev`::
+`git push mothership master:satellite/master dev:satellite/dev`::
        Use the source ref that matches `master` (e.g. `refs/heads/master`)
        to update the ref that matches `satellite/master` (most probably
-       `refs/remotes/satellite/master`) in the `origin` repository, then
+       `refs/remotes/satellite/master`) in the `mothership` repository;
        do the same for `dev` and `satellite/dev`.
+This is to emulate `git fetch` run on the `mothership` using `git
+push` that is run in the opposite direction in order to integrate
+the work done on `satellite`, and is often necessary when you can
+only make connection in one way (i.e. satellite can ssh into
+mothership but mothership cannot initiate connection to satellite
+because the latter is behind a firewall or does not run sshd).
+After running this `git push` on the `satellite` machine, you would
+ssh into the `mothership` and run `git merge` there to complete the
+emulation of `git pull` that were run on `mothership` to pull changes
+made on `satellite`.
 `git push origin HEAD:master`::
        Push the current branch to the remote ref matching `master` in the
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