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Chidiebere Ekennia
Chidiebere Ekennia
5,950 Points

I'm confused

Why couldn't we use git pull instead of git merge to update the local branch in this example

1 Answer

Michael Hulet
Michael Hulet
47,909 Points

You definitely should be able to use git pull here also. I think Jay was just trying to go the long way to give you a better understanding of what's happening. git pull origin master is technically just shorthand for git fetch origin && git merge origin/master. When you run git pull, it downloads all the latest changes from the remote repository (which is what git fetch does) and updates your local branch to have those same changes (which is what git merge does), so git pull is just a way to do exactly what Jay did in the video with 2 commands, but only using 1