Thomas Ackermann <> writes:

>> > But for the simple use case where you only have a master
>> > branch I consider it not really helpful and - at least for me -
>> > misleading.
>> I see what you mean, and you're not the only one.
>> Git follows a rule of "never contact another machine unless explicitly
>> asked to using a command such as 'git pull' or 'git fetch'".  To
>> support this, it makes a distinction between (1) the remote-tracking
>> ref origin/master and (2) the actual branch "master" in the remote
>> repository.  The former is what is updated by 'git fetch', and the
>> latter is something git does not know about without talking to the
>> remote server.
>> What documentation did you use when first starting to learn git?
>> Perhaps it can be fixed to emphasize the distinction between (1) and
>> (2) earlier.
> I think it's not the problem of the documentation but of myself
> not having it read thorough enough ;-)
> (This new feature in V1.8.5 of course is not documented in any of the books
> up to now but in the future could be used to explain the above mentioned
> rule.)

By the way, this is nothing new in 1.8.5; we didn't bother saying
up-to-date before, so you may not have noticed, but its silence was
already telling you that your branch was up-to-date with respect to
what you are building on top of.

> Thanks to you, Bryan and Jiang for your help!
> ---
> Thomas
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