gitweb: Fix error in git_project_index subroutine
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1git-branch(1)
2=============
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4NAME
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2eaf273d 6git-branch - List, create, or delete branches.
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8SYNOPSIS
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c976d415 11'git-branch' [-r | -a] [-v [--abbrev=<length>]]
3a4b3f26 12'git-branch' [-l] [-f] <branchname> [<start-point>]
c976d415 13'git-branch' (-m | -M) [<oldbranch>] <newbranch>
7dda22e3 14'git-branch' (-d | -D) [-r] <branchname>...
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16DESCRIPTION
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bfcc9214 18With no arguments given a list of existing branches
2eaf273d 19will be shown, the current branch will be highlighted with an asterisk.
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20Option `-r` causes the remote-tracking branches to be listed,
21and option `-a` shows both.
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23In its second form, a new branch named <branchname> will be created.
24It will start out with a head equal to the one given as <start-point>.
25If no <start-point> is given, the branch will be created with a head
26equal to that of the currently checked out branch.
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28With a '-m' or '-M' option, <oldbranch> will be renamed to <newbranch>.
29If <oldbranch> had a corresponding reflog, it is renamed to match
30<newbranch>, and a reflog entry is created to remember the branch
31renaming. If <newbranch> exists, -M must be used to force the rename
32to happen.
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2eaf273d 34With a `-d` or `-D` option, `<branchname>` will be deleted. You may
3a4b3f26 35specify more than one branch for deletion. If the branch currently
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36has a ref log then the ref log will also be deleted. Use -r together with -d
37to delete remote-tracking branches.
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40OPTIONS
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42-d::
43 Delete a branch. The branch must be fully merged.
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45-D::
46 Delete a branch irrespective of its index status.
47
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48-l::
49 Create the branch's ref log. This activates recording of
50 all changes to made the branch ref, enabling use of date
51 based sha1 expressions such as "<branchname>@{yesterday}".
52
075dd8ee 53-f::
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54 Force the creation of a new branch even if it means deleting
55 a branch that already exists with the same name.
56
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57-m::
58 Move/rename a branch and the corresponding reflog.
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60-M::
61 Move/rename a branch even if the new branchname already exists.
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2eaf273d 63-r::
7dda22e3 64 List or delete (if used with -d) the remote-tracking branches.
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66-a::
67 List both remote-tracking branches and local branches.
075dd8ee 68
75e6e213 69-v::
c976d415 70 Show sha1 and commit subjectline for each head.
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72--abbrev=<length>::
73 Alter minimum display length for sha1 in output listing,
74 default value is 7.
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52a22d1e 76<branchname>::
d4072c97 77 The name of the branch to create or delete.
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78 The new branch name must pass all checks defined by
79 gitlink:git-check-ref-format[1]. Some of these checks
80 may restrict the characters allowed in a branch name.
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075dd8ee 82<start-point>::
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83 The new branch will be created with a HEAD equal to this. It may
84 be given as a branch name, a commit-id, or a tag. If this option
85 is omitted, the current branch is assumed.
86
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87<oldbranch>::
88 The name of an existing branch to rename.
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90<newbranch>::
91 The new name for an existing branch. The same restrictions as for
92 <branchname> applies.
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95Examples
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dd181119 98Start development off of a known tag::
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101$ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/.../linux-2.6 my2.6
102$ cd my2.6
2eaf273d 103$ git branch my2.6.14 v2.6.14 <1>
1e2ccd3a 104$ git checkout my2.6.14
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107<1> This step and the next one could be combined into a single step with
108"checkout -b my2.6.14 v2.6.14".
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110Delete unneeded branch::
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113$ git clone git://git.kernel.org/.../git.git my.git
114$ cd my.git
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115$ git branch -d -r todo html man <1>
116$ git branch -D test <2>
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119<1> delete remote-tracking branches "todo", "html", "man"
120<2> delete "test" branch even if the "master" branch does not have all
1e2ccd3a 121commits from todo branch.
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124Notes
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127If you are creating a branch that you want to immediately checkout, it's
128easier to use the git checkout command with its `-b` option to create
129a branch and check it out with a single command.
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132Author
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134Written by Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org> and Junio C Hamano <junkio@cox.net>
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136Documentation
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138Documentation by Junio C Hamano and the git-list <git@vger.kernel.org>.
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140GIT
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a7154e91 142Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite
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