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Development Tools Git Basics Working With Remote Repositories Pushing and Pulling

2 part question. Does merging merge branches only or whole repos? Also when I tried to push back our_clone at the end..

of the lesson I got a fatal error and that the recommendation was to use git push --set-upstream our_clone master

Is that correct that we are pushing the master branch? I wasn't sure.

1 Answer

Jay McGavren
Jay McGavren
Treehouse Teacher

Yes, git merge merges one branch only. If you want to merge other remote branches, you'll need to do so individually. git push attempts to push whatever branch you currently have checked out, so if master is checked out, that's what will be pushed. If master is not set as a tracking branch, then you would get that error; adding the --set-upstream option should fix it.

A more thorough explanation of how merging works will be part of our upcoming Git Branches and Merging course, which is releasing later this month.