Rohini Choudhary Rohini Choudhary - 1 month ago 6
Git Question

error: pathspec 'test-branch' did not match any file(s) known to git

I am a new user of Git. I have forked a repository called Spoon-Knife (available for practicing forking with Git). Then, I cloned it locally by running

git clone https://github.com/rohinichoudhary/Spoon-Knife.git


This repository contains three branches, i.e.


  • master
    ,

  • test-branch
    ,

  • change-the-title
    .



When I run
git branch
, it only shows
*master
, not the remaining two branches. And when I run

git checkout test-branch


I get the following error:


error: pathspec 'test-branch' did not match any file(s) known to git.


Why is this happening? How can I solve this problem?

Answer

When I run git branch, it only shows *master, not the remaining two branches.

git branch doesn't list test_branch, because no such local branch exist in your local repo, yet. When cloning a repo, only one local branch (master, here) is created and checked out in the resulting clone, irrespective of the number of branches that exist in the remote repo that you cloned from. At this stage, test_branch only exist in your repo as a remote-tracking branch, not as a local branch.

And when I run

git checkout test-branch

I get the following error [...]

You must be using an "old" version of Git. In more recent versions (from v1.7.0-rc0 onwards),

If <branch> is not found but there does exist a tracking branch in exactly one remote (call it <remote>) with a matching name, treat [git checkout <branch>] as equivalent to

$ git checkout -b <branch> --track <remote>/<branch>

Simply run

git checkout -b test_branch --track origin/test_branch

instead. Or update to a more recent version of Git.

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