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Timothy Washington
I have some code in a git repo that is "Not currently on any branch". Now,
there's the master branch and another branch 'ui-integration' that I'm using in
this project. I don't know how the project got into this headless state, but I
need to be using the 'ui-integration' branch.

I tried looking around the blogosphere for a solution, and tried what I found
here. But it seems like only my last commit (not the previous 10 I made) shows
up in the master branch (not ui-integration ).  
http://blog.kortina.net/post/71935540/fix-git-not-currently-on-any-branch-problem

What's the most straightforward & cleanest way to merge my changes in the
headless branch to my 'ui-integration' branch?

Thanks in advance
Tim


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Re: "Not currently on any branch"

Steven Noonan
On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 1:08 PM, Tim <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I have some code in a git repo that is "Not currently on any branch". Now,
> there's the master branch and another branch 'ui-integration' that I'm using in
> this project. I don't know how the project got into this headless state, but I
> need to be using the 'ui-integration' branch.
>
> I tried looking around the blogosphere for a solution, and tried what I found
> here. But it seems like only my last commit (not the previous 10 I made) shows
> up in the master branch (not ui-integration ).
> http://blog.kortina.net/post/71935540/fix-git-not-currently-on-any-branch-problem
>
> What's the most straightforward & cleanest way to merge my changes in the
> headless branch to my 'ui-integration' branch?
>

Try 'git checkout -b temp', which creates a branch called 'temp' with
its HEAD at where you currently are, and then merge your changes to
ui-integration via 'git checkout ui-integration; git merge temp', and
finally drop the junk branch with 'git branch -d temp'

- Steven
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Re: "Not currently on any branch"

Alex Riesen
In reply to this post by Timothy Washington
On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 22:08, Tim <[hidden email]> wrote:
> What's the most straightforward & cleanest way to merge my changes in the
> headless branch to my 'ui-integration' branch?

Assuming you use a Bourne shell:

$ prev=$(git rev-parse HEAD)
$ git checkout ui-integration && git merge $prev
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Re: "Not currently on any branch"

Sean Estabrooks
On Fri, 2 Oct 2009 23:46:53 +0200
Alex Riesen <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 22:08, Tim <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > What's the most straightforward & cleanest way to merge my changes in the
> > headless branch to my 'ui-integration' branch?
>
> Assuming you use a Bourne shell:
>
> $ prev=$(git rev-parse HEAD)
> $ git checkout ui-integration && git merge $prev
>
>

You could also rely on the reflog to avoid the need to store off the
previous HEAD value, so just:

$ git checkout ui-integration && git merge HEAD@{1}


Sean

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Re: "Not currently on any branch"

Clemens Buchacher
In reply to this post by Timothy Washington
On Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 08:08:52PM +0000, Tim wrote:
> I have some code in a git repo that is "Not currently on any branch". Now,
> there's the master branch and another branch 'ui-integration' that I'm
> using in this project. I don't know how the project got into this headless
> state, but I need to be using the 'ui-integration' branch.

It can happen either by explicitly detaching HEAD using "git checkout
<commit>", or if you used rebase and it is still in progress.

Clemens
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Re: "Not currently on any branch"

Timothy Washington
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Thanks for all the responses so far. But if you take a look at my repo (http://repo.or.cz/w/Bookkeeping.git), at the bottom of the page, there's clearly a 'ui-integration' branch. But if I try to go to my ui-integration branch, I get the message below. So I'm just clueless as to where it went. If use the -b option, then I'll create a new branch. But I don't want that. I want to keep all the data that was in my original 'ui-integration' branch.

[timothyw] ~/Projects/Bookkeeping.4 $ git checkout ui-integration
error: pathspec 'ui-integration' did not match any file(s) known to git.


These are what's in the files under my .git/ directory. And again, I'm foggy as to where my ui-integration branch went and to how to get it back.

"HEAD"
cee341c53a249f7d003a12cfeb8cc743275d028f

"ORIG_HEAD"
baca7c9f43e44d67406d3671e0afd84eaea870a3

"config"
[core]
    repositoryformatversion = 0
    filemode = true
    bare = false
    logallrefupdates = true
    ignorecase = true
[remote "origin"]
    url = http://repo.or.cz/r/Bookkeeping.git
    fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
[branch "master"]
    remote = origin
    merge = refs/heads/master

"description"
Unnamed repository; edit this file to name it for gitweb.

fig. 1


Thanks
Tim






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From: Clemens Buchacher <[hidden email]>
To: Tim <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Sent: Sunday, October 4, 2009 3:22:29 AM
Subject: Re: "Not currently on any branch"

On Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 08:08:52PM +0000, Tim wrote:
> I have some code in a git repo that is "Not currently on any branch". Now,
> there's the master branch and another branch 'ui-integration' that I'm
> using in this project. I don't know how the project got into this headless
> state, but I need to be using the 'ui-integration' branch.

It can happen either by explicitly detaching HEAD using "git checkout
<commit>", or if you used rebase and it is still in progress.

Clemens

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Re: "Not currently on any branch"

Junio C Hamano
Timothy Washington <[hidden email]> writes:

> Thanks for all the responses so far. But if you take a look at my repo
> (http://repo.or.cz/w/Bookkeeping.git), at the bottom of the page,
> there's clearly a 'ui-integration' branch. But if I try to go to my
> ui-integration branch, I get the message below. So I'm just clueless as
> to where it went. If use the -b option, then I'll create a new
> branch. But I don't want that. I want to keep all the data that was in
> my original 'ui-integration' branch.
>
> [timothyw] ~/Projects/Bookkeeping.4 $ git checkout ui-integration
> error: pathspec 'ui-integration' did not match any file(s) known to git.

I do not think it has anything to do with "Not currently on any branch",
but judging from this

> [remote "origin"]
>     url = http://repo.or.cz/r/Bookkeeping.git
>     fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*

one possibility to see the above error message is to do this:

    $ git clone http://repo.or.cz/r/Bookkeeping.git
    $ cd Bookkeeping
    $ git checkout ui-integration
    error: pathspec 'ui-integration' did not match any file(s) known to git.

In a clone, your local branch namespace is not cluttered with all the
different branches your upstream repository has.  To wit:

    $ git branch
    * master
    $ git branch -a
    * master
      remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master
      remotes/origin/master
      remotes/origin/ui-integration

If you want to further work on the ui-integration topic, you would do
something like:

    $ git checkout -b ui-integration origin/ui-integration
    Branch ui-integration set up to track remote branch ui-integration from origin.
    Switched to a new branch 'ui-integration'
    $ git branch
      master
    * ui-integration

On the other hand, if you are not interested in working on that topic but
just want to look at it, e.g. merge it to your master:

    $ git branch
    * master
    $ git merge origin/ui-integration

without creating a local ui-integration branch at all (iow, skip that
"checkout -b" step above altogether).

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