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authorNguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <>2016-09-07 11:19:40 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2016-09-21 15:44:41 (GMT)
commit19e5656345cb308ab689932d64af0858a3a92400 (patch)
parent7f82b24e30e487019fcf6b0e86cf5c6f61a482bc (diff)
checkout.txt: document a common case that ignores ambiguation rules
Normally we err on the safe side: if something can be seen as both an SHA1 and a pathspec, we stop and scream. In checkout, there is one exception added in 859fdab (git-checkout: improve error messages, detect ambiguities. - 2008-07-23), to allow the common case "git checkout branch". Let's document this exception. Signed-off-by: Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-checkout.txt b/Documentation/git-checkout.txt
index 7a2201b..8e2c066 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-checkout.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-checkout.txt
@@ -419,6 +419,18 @@ $ git reflog -2 HEAD # or
$ git log -g -2 HEAD
+When there is only one argument given and it is not `--` (e.g. "git
+checkout abc"), and when the argument is both a valid `<tree-ish>`
+(e.g. a branch "abc" exists) and a valid `<pathspec>` (e.g. a file
+or a directory whose name is "abc" exists), Git would usually ask
+you to disambiguate. Because checking out a branch is so common an
+operation, however, "git checkout abc" takes "abc" as a `<tree-ish>`
+in such a situation. Use `git checkout -- <pathspec>` if you want
+to checkout these paths out of the index.