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           git branch [--color[=<when>] | --no-color] [-r | -a]
                   [-v [--abbrev=<length> | --no-abbrev]]
                   [(--merged | --no-merged | --contains) [<commit>]]
           git branch [--set-upstream | --track | --no-track] [-l] [-f] <branchname> [<start-point>]
           git branch (-m | -M) [<oldbranch>] <newbranch>
           git branch (-d | -D) [-r] <branchname>...


           With no arguments, existing branches are listed and the current branch
           will be highlighted with an asterisk. Option -r causes the
           remote-tracking branches to be listed, and option -a shows both.
           With --contains, shows only the branches that contain the named commit
           (in other words, the branches whose tip commits are descendants of the
           named commit). With --merged, only branches merged into the named
           commit (i.e. the branches whose tip commits are reachable from the
           named commit) will be listed. With --no-merged only branches not merged
           into the named commit will be listed. If the <commit> argument is
           missing it defaults to HEAD (i.e. the tip of the current branch).
           The command's second form creates a new branch head named <branchname>
           which points to the current HEAD, or <start-point> if given.
           Note that this will create the new branch, but it will not switch the
           working tree to it; use "git checkout <newbranch>" to switch to the new
           When a local branch is started off a remote branch, git sets up the
           branch so that git pull will appropriately merge from the remote
           branch. This behavior may be changed via the global
           branch.autosetupmerge configuration flag. That setting can be
           overridden by using the --track and --no-track options.
           With a -m or -M option, <oldbranch> will be renamed to <newbranch>. If
           <oldbranch> had a corresponding reflog, it is renamed to match
           <newbranch>, and a reflog entry is created to remember the branch
           renaming. If <newbranch> exists, -M must be used to force the rename to
           With a -d or -D option, <branchname> will be deleted. You may specify
           more than one branch for deletion. If the branch currently has a reflog
           then the reflog will also be deleted.
           Use -r together with -d to delete remote-tracking branches. Note, that
           it only makes sense to delete remote-tracking branches if they no
           longer exist in the remote repository or if git fetch was configured
           not to fetch them again. See also the prune subcommand of git-remote(1)
           for a way to clean up all obsolete remote-tracking branches.


           -f, --force
               Reset <branchname> to <startpoint> if <branchname> exists already.
               Without -f git branch refuses to change an existing branch.
               Move/rename a branch and the corresponding reflog.
               Move/rename a branch even if the new branch name already exists.
               Color branches to highlight current, local, and remote branches.
               The value must be always (the default), never, or auto.
               Turn off branch colors, even when the configuration file gives the
               default to color output. Same as --color=never.
               List or delete (if used with -d) the remote-tracking branches.
               List both remote-tracking branches and local branches.
           -v, --verbose
               Show sha1 and commit subject line for each head, along with
               relationship to upstream branch (if any). If given twice, print the
               name of the upstream branch, as well.
               Alter the sha1's minimum display length in the output listing. The
               default value is 7.
               Display the full sha1s in the output listing rather than
               abbreviating them.
           -t, --track
               When creating a new branch, set up configuration to mark the
               start-point branch as "upstream" from the new branch. This
               configuration will tell git to show the relationship between the
               two branches in git status and git branch -v. Furthermore, it
               directs git pull without arguments to pull from the upstream when
               the new branch is checked out.
               This behavior is the default when the start point is a remote
               branch. Set the branch.autosetupmerge configuration variable to
               false if you want git checkout and git branch to always behave as
               if --no-track were given. Set it to always if you want this
               behavior when the start-point is either a local or remote branch.
               Only list branches whose tips are reachable from the specified
               commit (HEAD if not specified).
           --no-merged [<commit>]
               Only list branches whose tips are not reachable from the specified
               commit (HEAD if not specified).
               The name of the branch to create or delete. The new branch name
               must pass all checks defined by git-check-ref-format(1). Some of
               these checks may restrict the characters allowed in a branch name.
               The new branch head will point to this commit. It may be given as a
               branch name, a commit-id, or a tag. If this option is omitted, the
               current HEAD will be used instead.
               The name of an existing branch to rename.
               The new name for an existing branch. The same restrictions as for
               <branchname> apply.


           Start development from a known tag
                   $ git clone git:// my2.6
                   $ cd my2.6
                   $ git branch my2.6.14 v2.6.14   (1)
                   $ git checkout my2.6.14
               1. This step and the next one could be combined into a single step
               with "checkout -b my2.6.14 v2.6.14".
           Delete an unneeded branch
                   $ git clone git:// my.git
                   $ cd my.git
                   $ git branch -d -r origin/todo origin/html origin/man   (1)
                   $ git branch -D test                                    (2)
               1. Delete the remote-tracking branches "todo", "html" and "man".
               The next fetch or pull will create them again unless you configure
               them not to. See git-fetch(1).
               2. Delete the "test" branch even if the "master" branch (or
               whichever branch is currently checked out) does not have all
               commits from the test branch.


           If you are creating a branch that you want to checkout immediately, it
           is easier to use the git checkout command with its -b option to create


           git-check-ref-format(1), git-fetch(1), git-remote(1), "Understanding
           history: What is a branch?"[1] in the Git User's Manual.


           Written by Linus Torvalds <[2]> and Junio C Hamano


           Documentation by Junio C Hamano and the git-list


           Part of the git(1) suite


            1. "Understanding history: What is a branch?"

    Git 1.7.1 03/04/2013 GIT-BRANCH(1)


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