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authorShawn O. Pearce <>2007-09-06 04:44:08 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-09-06 06:25:09 (GMT)
commit4e560158c6de154fafab9fc3f6028d9edcc53e6b (patch)
parent432e93a16441a1a11aeb8158a634f76c214abb31 (diff)
Include a git-push example for creating a remote branch
Many users get confused when `git push origin master:foo` works when foo already exists on the remote repository but are confused when foo doesn't exist as a branch and this form does not create the branch foo. This new example highlights the trick of including refs/heads/ in front of the desired branch name to create a branch. Signed-off-by: Shawn O. Pearce <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-push.txt b/Documentation/git-push.txt
index 0dd9caf..7b8e075 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-push.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-push.txt
@@ -117,6 +117,12 @@ git push origin master:satellite/master::
the ref that matches `satellite/master` (most likely, it would
be `refs/remotes/satellite/master`) in `origin` repository with it.
+git push origin master:refs/heads/experimental::
+ Create the branch `experimental` in the `origin` repository
+ by copying the current `master` branch. This form is usually
+ needed to create a new branch in the remote repository as
+ there is no `experimental` branch to match.
Written by Junio C Hamano <>, later rewritten in C