git push to the Current Branch

Quite often when you are working in a branch in Git, you want to push the committed stuff to the server side. You’d do the following.

git push origin my_long_branch_name_that_has_description_of_this_branch

You can set a global option for “git push” to push the code to the current branch by executing the following command.

git config --global push.default current

Now you can just type…

git push

This saves me so many keyboard typing and copy and paste of the current branch names.

How to Pull Remote Branch in Git

There may be a branch someone else pushed to the server and you want to work with it. What should you do? Here is how you can accomplish.

First, create a local branch out of the remote branch.

$ git fetch origin remote-branch-name:remote-branch-name

Now checkout the branch.

$ git checkout remote-branch-name

You don’t really want to do something like…

$ git pull origin remote-branch-name

This will get the source from the remote-branch-name branch and merge the code into the master (or whichever you have checked out) branch automatically unless you have a conflict. I had to do git reset –hard [the commit ID] to undo it.