If you want to set the upstream for the current local branch (i.e. make it track a specified remote branch), then you can use
--set-upstream-to option (or its equivalent shorthand "
-u") with the
git branch command like so:
# git 1.8.0 git branch -u remote_name/branch_name # or git branch --set-upstream-to remote_name/branch_name
If you are not on the branch you want set the upstream for on your local, then you can simply append the local branch's name at the end of the command like so:
# git 1.8.0 git branch -u remote_name/branch_name local_branch_name # or git branch --set-upstream-to remote_name/branch_name local_branch_name
In git v1.7.x, the option name to set the upstream was
--set-upstream instead of
--set-upstream-to. The former option was deprecated in favor of the latter in git v1.8.0.
Please note that defining an upstream for a local branch might fail if the remote you want to set upstream to has not already been fetched locally. If that's the case, please make sure that you run the
git fetch remote_name command first.
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