- "Branches" is a more common way to say "heads" in these days.
- Remote-tracking branches are used a lot more these days and it is
worth mentioning that it is one of the primary side effects of
the command to update them.
- Avoid "X. That means Y." If Y is easier to understand to
readers, just say that upfront.
- Use of explicit refspec to fetch tags does not have much to do
with turning "auto following" on or off. It is a way to fetch
tags that otherwise would not be fetched by auto-following.
Helped-by: Marc Branchaud <marcn...@xiplink.com>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com>
Documentation/git-fetch.txt | 24 +++++++++++++-----------
1 file changed, 13 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)
diff --git a/Documentation/git-fetch.txt b/Documentation/git-fetch.txt
index 5809aa4..78fe948 100644
@@ -17,20 +17,22 @@ SYNOPSIS
-Fetches named heads or tags from one or more other repositories,
-along with the objects necessary to complete them.
+Fetch branches and/or tags (collectively, "refs") from one or more
+other repositories, along with the objects necessary to complete
-The ref names and their object names of fetched refs are stored
-in `.git/FETCH_HEAD`. This information is left for a later merge
-operation done by 'git merge'.
+The names of refs that are fetched, together with the object names
+they point at, are written to `.git/FETCH_HEAD`. This information
+can be used to learn what was fetched. In addition, the remote-tracking
+branches are updated (see description on <refspec> below for details).
-By default, tags are auto-followed. This means that when fetching
-from a remote, any tags on the remote that point to objects that exist
-in the local repository are fetched. The effect is to fetch tags that
+By default, any tag that points into the histories being fetched is
+also fetched; the effect is to fetch tags that
point at branches that you are interested in. This default behavior
-can be changed by using the --tags or --no-tags options, by
-configuring remote.<name>.tagopt, or by using a refspec that fetches
+can be changed by using the --tags or --no-tags options or by
+configuring remote.<name>.tagopt. By using a refspec that fetches tags
+explicitly, you can fetch tags that do not point into branches you
+are interested in as well.
'git fetch' can fetch from either a single named repository,
or from several repositories at once if <group> is given and
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