Git Commands Tutorials and Example: Git Fetch – Update remote branch before merge to local branch

Best practice says that before you commit in git, you need to either do git pull or git fetch/merge. However, there is a way to find out wheather your branches is not in sync with remote.

To check the remote repo status you are really simulating a “fetch”
$ git fetch -v –dry-run

To bring your remote refs up to date
$ git remote -v update

This command will print whether the branch you are tracking is ahead, behind or has diverged with remote. If it says nothing, the local and remote are the same.
$ git status -uno

To pull
$ git pull origin <<branchname>>
or
$ git fetch origin <<branchname>>
$ git merge remote/<<branchname>>
$ git commit

Compare the two branches:
$ git log HEAD..origin/master –oneline

Rajesh Kumar
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