Charlie Smurthwaite <> writes:

> Yes, I would need to be able to do this on a bare repo for my use case. 

And if it's on the server, you don't want this to be observable, so
you don't want HEAD to move around. I don't know a better way than:

  $ git clone --shared -b upstream-branch bare-repo.git /tmp/merge-repo
  $ cd /tmp/merge-repo
  $ git pull URL incoming-branch

Cloning with --shared just writes a path into .git/objects/info/alternatives
and it doesn't need to be on the same file system (unlike --local).

Since 'git merge-tree' just works with trees, it has less information
than 'git merge'.
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