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authorKaartic Sivaraam <>2017-11-27 17:28:33 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2017-11-28 02:33:12 (GMT)
commit75ce14957507bc310ad118df08c4a85fd9cedc0d (patch)
parent9752ad0bb79f680bca48db7adc45338b298304b0 (diff)
Doc/checkout: checking out using @{-N} can lead to detached state
@{-N} is a syntax for the N-th last "checkout" and not the N-th last "branch". Therefore, in some cases using `git checkout @{-$N}` DOES lead to a "detached HEAD" state. This can also be ensured by the commit message of 75d6e552a (Documentation: @{-N} can refer to a commit, 2014-01-19) which clearly specifies how @{-N} can be used to refer not only to a branch but also to a commit. Correct the misleading sentence which states that @{-N} doesn't detach HEAD. Signed-off-by: Kaartic Sivaraam <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
1 files changed, 4 insertions, 4 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-checkout.txt b/Documentation/git-checkout.txt
index 8e2c066..6637251 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-checkout.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-checkout.txt
@@ -263,11 +263,11 @@ section of linkgit:git-add[1] to learn how to operate the `--patch` mode.
commit, your HEAD becomes "detached" and you are no longer on
any branch (see below for details).
-As a special case, the `"@{-N}"` syntax for the N-th last branch/commit
-checks out branches (instead of detaching). You may also specify
-`-` which is synonymous with `"@{-1}"`.
+You can use the `"@{-N}"` syntax to refer to the N-th last
+branch/commit checked out using "git checkout" operation. You may
+also specify `-` which is synonymous to `"@{-1}`.
-As a further special case, you may use `"A...B"` as a shortcut for the
+As a special case, you may use `"A...B"` as a shortcut for the
merge base of `A` and `B` if there is exactly one merge base. You can
leave out at most one of `A` and `B`, in which case it defaults to `HEAD`.