On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Jona Christopher Sahnwaldt
<j...@sahnwaldt.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> maybe this has already been reported, but I didn't find it in the mail 
> archive.
> If I understand correctly, after I clone a repo, I should be able to
> switch to branch foo just by running
> git checkout foo
> This doesn't seem to work if a folder called "foo" exists in the root
> of the repo.

git checkout foo --

The double-dash at the end disambiguates between refs and paths.

You can use that trick on any command that accepts refspec (branches,
tags, etc) and pathspec (path patterns).
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