From: "Junio C Hamano" <>
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 11:21 PM
Philip Oakley <> writes:

Signed-off-by: Philip Oakley <>
 Documentation/urls.txt | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/urls.txt b/Documentation/urls.txt
index 9ccb246..5350a63 100644
--- a/Documentation/urls.txt
+++ b/Documentation/urls.txt
@@ -55,6 +55,13 @@ These two syntaxes are mostly equivalent, except the former implies
 --local option.

+Relative paths are relative to the `$GIT_DIR`, thus the path:

Is it?

git init src dst

I didn't think you could do that. It's not documented (initialise multiple dirctories with the same command) and on msysgit if fails with `usage:`. But I know what you mean.

       cd src
       git commit --allow-empty -m initial
       cd ../dst
       git fetch ../src HEAD:refs/heads/copy

would work, but if it is relative to $GIT_DIR, the last one would
need to be written as

git fetch ../../src HEAD:refs/heads/copy

wouldn't it?

Ah but... we are specifying a repository here, not a file path, so the `$GIT_DIR` / '.git' discovery comes into it, I think. It's the discovery of the relevant repository that I now realise I've not included, which can be confusing in the various special cases. So the relative paths comment will be incomplete [your point], and needs something extra between "relative to" and "the $GIT_DIR".

+- '.'
+is the current repository and acts as if it were a repository
+named `'.'`.
 When Git doesn't know how to handle a certain transport protocol, it
 attempts to use the 'remote-<transport>' remote helper, if one
 exists. To explicitly request a remote helper, the following syntax

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