Commit 0c4a33b5 authored by J. Bruce Fields's avatar J. Bruce Fields

user-manual: define "branch" and "working tree" at start

Some explanation here might help.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJ. Bruce Fields <[email protected]>
parent 7a3db75b
......@@ -56,11 +56,12 @@ $ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git
The initial clone may be time-consuming for a large project, but you
will only need to clone once.
The clone command creates a new directory named after the project
("git" or "linux-2.6" in the examples above). After you cd into this
The clone command creates a new directory named after the project ("git"
or "linux-2.6" in the examples above). After you cd into this
directory, you will see that it contains a copy of the project files,
together with a special top-level directory named ".git", which
contains all the information about the history of the project.
called the <<def_working_tree,working tree>>, together with a special
top-level directory named ".git", which contains all the information
about the history of the project.
[[how-to-check-out]]
How to check out a different version of a project
......@@ -71,8 +72,13 @@ of files. It stores the history as a compressed collection of
interrelated snapshots of the project's contents. In git each such
version is called a <<def_commit,commit>>.
A single git repository may contain multiple branches. It keeps track
of them by keeping a list of <<def_head,heads>> which reference the
Those snapshots aren't necessarily all arranged in a single line from
oldest to newest; instead, work may simultaneously proceed along
parallel lines of development, called <def_branch,branches>>, which may
merge and diverge.
A single git repository can track development on multiple branches. It
does this by keeping a list of <<def_head,heads>> which reference the
latest commit on each branch; the gitlink:git-branch[1] command shows
you the list of branch heads:
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