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4 Jul 2022 03:00:43 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Git branches on local machine?  
From: Cousin Ricky
Date: 23 Oct 2021 23:11:32
Message: <6174cee4$1@news.povray.org>
On 2021-10-13 7:22 PM (-4), Jim Henderson wrote:
> On Sat, 23 Oct 2021 19:17:07 -0400, Cousin Ricky wrote:
> 
>> There is something I don't understand about Git branches.
>>
>> I have some projects that have been on my hard disk for years, but have
>> just recently converted to Git repositories.  I want to start a branch
>> on one of them.  My understanding is that Git tracks changes in both the
>> main/master branch and the new branch.  But I only have one working copy
>> of the actual files in my directory.  Which branch do these files
>> represent, and where are the files of the other branch?  How does this
>> all work?
> 
> The only change tracking is on the active branch.  If you're working 
> outside of master, no changes you make are recorded in master unless you 
> either do a cherry pick or a merge - in either case, at the point of the 
> merge or cherry pick, the changes you've made (or selected, in the case 
> of a cherry pick) are brought into the target branch (can be master, can 
> be some other branch).
> 
> In git, you're only ever working in a single branch, ever.

But which branch are my files attached to?  If I switch branches, where
are the files in the new branch that I want to edit?


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