[OT] Question about Git branches

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Tue Sep 16 14:14:43 CEST 2014

Chris Angelico wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at pacujo.net> wrote:
>> "Frank Millman" <frank at chagford.com>:
>>> You are encouraged to make liberal use of 'branches',
>> Personally, I only use forks, IOW, "git clone". I encourage that
>> practice. Then, there is little need for "git checkout". Instead, I just
>> cd to a different directory.
>> Branches and clones are highly analogous processwise; I would go so far
>> as to say that they are redundant.
> But rather than listening to, shall we say, *strange* advice like
> this, Frank, you'll do well to pick up a reliable git tutorial, which
> should explain branches, commits, the working tree, etc, etc, etc.

Isn't this "strange advice" standard operating procedure in Mercurial? I'm
not an expert on either hg or git, but if I've understood hg correctly, the
way to begin an experimental branch is to use hg clone.


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