From: "Junio C Hamano" <>
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 6:50 PM
Jonathan Nieder <> writes:

Philip Oakley wrote:

--- a/Documentation/config.txt
+++ b/Documentation/config.txt
@@ -734,6 +734,8 @@ branch.<name>.remote::
 overridden by `branch.<name>.pushremote`.  If no remote is
 configured, or if you are not on any branch, it defaults to
 `origin` for fetching and `remote.pushdefault` for pushing.
+ Additionally, a `.` (period) means the current local repository
+ (a dot-repository), see `branch.<name>.merge`'s final note below.

Does this accept an arbitrary git URL, or only remote names?

The branch.<name>.remote variable refers to remote names, and '.'
often appears as a special name to refer to the local repository.

Initially I thought that the '.' wasn't going to be acceptable as a URL, and that the '.' would only apply to the defined <name> of the remote within the branch section.

I think you can define it as URL and your "git fetch" (no args) will
do the right thing in that it would:

(1) fetch the history leading to the tip branch.<name>.merge branch
    from there; and

(2) leave the result in FETCH_HEAD, so that "git merge FETCH_HEAD"
    can conclude the "git pull" you split into two manually by
    running "git fetch" first,

but I do not think there is a "while we create this branch" side
effect UI like "--set-upstream-to" for doing so, except for setting
it to '.' when you set upstream to a branch in the local repository.

git checkout -t -b mywork master
       git branch --set-upstream-to master mywork

Also I think setting it to arbitrary URL would mean that you would
not see any remote tracking ref (they are to be defined as a
property of named remote with remote.<name>.fetch refspecs), so it
is unclear how @{u} would work.  @{u} works when the variable is set
to '.', though.

For the above reasons, describing '.' as a special value for the
variable that the end users are likely to see is a reasonable "white
lie" for this part of the documentation.

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