Jona Christopher Sahnwaldt <j...@sahnwaldt.de> writes:
> On 25 September 2013 04:51, David Aguilar <dav...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Jona Christopher Sahnwaldt
>> <j...@sahnwaldt.de> wrote:
>>> maybe this has already been reported, but I didn't find it in the mail
>>> 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 --
> Thanks for the suggestion, but it doesn't work for me. With both
> 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168, I get this:
> $ git checkout wiktionary --
> fatal: invalid reference: wiktionary
OK, what happens is that "git checkout wiktionary" is actually a
shorthand for "git checkout -b wiktionary --track origin/wiktionary".
In other words, it does not only "checkout" the branch, but it creates a
local branch with the right name, and checks it out.
The -- disables this shorthand. I'd consider this as a bug. I've just
sent a patch to try to fix this.
> When I try the full branch name:
> $ git checkout origin/wiktionary --
> Note: checking out 'origin/wiktionary'.
> You are in 'detached HEAD' state. You can [...]
This actually checks out the right commit, but does not create a local
branch. That's not a very desirable solution.
In short, this should do the trick:
git checkout -b wiktionary --track origin/wiktionary
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