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authorJeff King <>2009-04-13 11:21:04 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2009-04-13 16:08:16 (GMT)
commit0808723b5065cc2141c2715a2df78882c158d4ef (patch)
tree541ec3396b570560d4a37a8fb55aa57954b6cf14 /Documentation/git-checkout.txt
parent76cfadfc17e9e9c7da87a6f9a4710c04107ae0cd (diff)
docs/checkout: clarify what "non-branch" means
In the code we literally stick "refs/heads/" on the front and see if it resolves, so that is probably the best explanation. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -114,11 +114,11 @@ the conflicted merge in the specified paths.
"merge" style, shows the original contents).
- Branch to checkout (when no paths are given); may be any object
- ID that resolves to a commit. Defaults to HEAD.
-When this parameter names a non-branch (but still a valid commit object),
-your HEAD becomes 'detached'.
+ Branch to checkout; if it refers to a branch (i.e., a name that,
+ when prepended with "refs/heads/", is a valid ref), then that
+ branch is checked out. Otherwise, if it refers to a valid
+ 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
checks out the branch (instead of detaching). You may also specify