The following scenario is given:
1) upstream maintainer creates topic branch "ABC_branch"
2) my fork doesn't contain this new branch yet (neither locally nor on GitHub)
How can I add (clone or download, what ever) the new ABC_branch to my local repository without touching my local master or any other existing branch?
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git rebase in its simplest form is a command which will “port” another branch (Branch A) into the branch where you are currently working (Branch B), by applying all of your unique commits from Branch B on top of Branch A and replacing Branch B with this revised version. That way, you can “catch up” to other branches by re-writing git history in your local git.
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If you have a remote in your local repository named `upstream` that points to their repository and a remote named `origin` that points to your GitHub repository, you can do the following:
# Creates a local branch named `ABC_branch`
git checkout -b ABC_branch
# Fetches the `ABC_branch` content from `upstream` and merges it into your local branch git pull upstream ABC_branch
Then, if you want to have `ABC_branch` in your fork of their repository, you can use:
git push origin ABC_branch
I hope that helps!