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checkout: print a message when switching unborn branches

When we switch to a new branch using checkout, we usually output a
message indicating what happened. However, when we switch from an unborn
branch to a new branch, we do not print anything, which may leave the
user wondering what happened.

The reason is that the unborn branch is a special case (see abe1998),
and does not follow the usual switch_branches code path. Let's add a
similar informational message to the special case to match the usual
code path.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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1 parent 8c7a786 commit afa8c07a26b9783c41b1066b75a35de1610a3cfa @peff peff committed with gitster Nov 15, 2012
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  1. +3 −0 builtin/checkout.c
@@ -951,6 +951,9 @@ static int switch_unborn_to_new_branch(const struct checkout_opts *opts)
strbuf_addf(&branch_ref, "refs/heads/%s", opts->new_branch);
status = create_symref("HEAD", branch_ref.buf, "checkout -b");
+ if (!opts->quiet)
+ fprintf(stderr, _("Switched to a new branch '%s'\n"),
+ opts->new_branch);
return status;

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