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the “up to date” in git status is misleading

$ git status   
Your branch is up to date with origin/main

this does NOT mean that you’re up to date with the remote main branch. But why not???

some old version control systems only worked if you were online

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person (thinking): my internet went out, guess I can’t work

git works offline

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git developer (thinking): I want to be able to code on a train with no internet

git developer (thinking): NOTHING in git will use the internet except git pull, git push, and git fetch

this makes git status weird

git developer (thinking): we need to tell people if their branch is up to date… with NO INTERNET??? how?

solution: CACHING

Every remote branch has a local cache named like origin/mybranch (origin is the remote name, mybranch is the branch name)

Git doesn’t call it a cache though, it calls it a “remote tracking branch”

local branch: mybranch

cache: origin/mybranch (only updated on git pull, git push, git fetch)

remote branch: origin mybranch (git push origin mybranch updates this)

(git has no easy way to see when origin/mybranch was last updated)

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