ESR> Ilya Basin <basini...@gmail.com>:
>> For new branches the 'from' command can refer the common ancestor in
>> an existing branch. For example:
>> 
>>          /----------E thebranch
>>         /
>>     A---B---C---D master
>> 
>> Commit E is newer than D; we already imported D; thebranch is new.
>> Instead of:
>>     from refs/heads/thebranch^0
>> refer the parent as:
>>     from refs/heads/master^2

ESR> Understood.  Do you actually need this much generality in practice, 
ESR> or is it a theoretical case?

Such cases occur quite often.

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