HEAD on the remote repo is indeed used to determine what to check out
when cloning. It's quite normal to change it to anything you like. To
change it, you usually use git symbolic-ref HEAD master-x instead of
directly editing that file.
On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Carlos Pereira
> On 03/09/2014 07:46 AM, Torsten Bögershausen wrote:
>>> After creating a local repository with these two branches, and a server
>>> repository with git init --bare, and pushing the two branches:
>>> > > git remote add originfoo@bar:~/path/test.git
>>> > git push origin master-g
>>> > git push origin master-x
>>> > > everything seems fine, but cloning:
>>> > git clonefoo@bar:~/path/test.git
>>> > terminates with a warning: remote HEAD refers to nonexistent ref,
>>> > unable to checkout.
>> This is because Git is trying to be nice:
>> When you clone, it tries to checkout a branch for you.
>> What happens when you only have 1 branch, lets say master-x?
>> If I clone the bare repo here, with only 1 branch, this branch
>> is automatically checked out (tested on 18.104.22.168)
>> What happens when you have 2 branches on the server?
>> Git really can not make a decision which one is the right one to check out
>> you, so if you have 2 branched like "master" and "develop", it checks out
>> "master" branch for you.
>> But if you have "master-x" and "master-g" then Git has no clue, which one
>> be you favorite one (and neither have I)
> The problem is on the server repo, the cloned repo is just a consequence.
> After initializing the server repo and pushing two branches master-g and
> master-x there is no master branch. Therefore the HEAD file should not point
> to a master branch that does not exist: ref: refs/heads/master
> It could point to master-g (the first branch to be pushed) or master-x (the
> last branch to be pushed), depending of the criterion used by git, but
> pointing to something that does not exist seems weird and is the cause of
> the further complaints when the whole repository is cloned...
> I forgot to say that the git version is 22.214.171.124 in both the initial repo and
> the server repo (probably this issue was fixed in newer versions?)
> As I said, editing directly the HEAD text file on the server, and replacing
> master by master-g (or master-x) seems to solve the problem. My question is:
> is that enough? or shall I expect further issues down the road?
> Thank you very much,
>> What does "git branch" say?
>> (I think nothing)
>> What does "git branch -r" say?
>> (I think "origin/master-g" and "origin/master-x")
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