Understand How Divergent Branches Appear After Fetching a Remote Repository
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A picture is worth a thousand words! The Animated Git series continues. The series introduces core Git concepts with pictures and animations. If you missed it, watch and read :
- Part 1 – Gain precise control over your next commit
- Part 2 – Work offline on your own local repository
- Part 3 – Remember the latest synced version and push your local changes
This fourth part presents how divergent branches can appear in your repository. You’ll better understand why they are called “branches”.
Work in parallel
Bob is free to push his work to the team’s repository:
Fetch from the remote repository
Alice is now out of sync with the team’s repository and, as a result, is unable to push her work. She must re-synchronize her local repository by fetching the shared repository (called “origin”, as explained in Part 3) :
$ git fetch origin
As you can see, Alice’s
origin/master branches have diverged, like two branches of a tree:
We recommend the following articles to learn more about branches and fetching a remote repository:
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