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git-fetch-pack - Receive missing objects from another repository
'git-fetch-pack' [--all] [--quiet|-q] [--keep|-k] [--thin] [--upload-pack=<git-upload-pack>] [--depth=<n>] [--no-progress] [-v] [<host>:]<directory> [<refs>...]
Usually you would want to use gitlink:git-fetch[1] which is a
higher level wrapper of this command instead.
Invokes 'git-upload-pack' on a potentially remote repository,
and asks it to send objects missing from this repository, to
update the named heads. The list of commits available locally
is found out by scanning local $GIT_DIR/refs/ and sent to
'git-upload-pack' running on the other end.
This command degenerates to download everything to complete the
asked refs from the remote side when the local side does not
have a common ancestor commit.
Fetch all remote refs.
\--quiet, \-q::
Pass '-q' flag to 'git-unpack-objects'; this makes the
cloning process less verbose.
\--keep, \-k::
Do not invoke 'git-unpack-objects' on received data, but
create a single packfile out of it instead, and store it
in the object database. If provided twice then the pack is
locked against repacking.
Spend extra cycles to minimize the number of objects to be sent.
Use it on slower connection.
Use this to specify the path to 'git-upload-pack' on the
remote side, if is not found on your $PATH.
Installations of sshd ignores the user's environment
setup scripts for login shells (e.g. .bash_profile) and
your privately installed git may not be found on the system
default $PATH. Another workaround suggested is to set
up your $PATH in ".bashrc", but this flag is for people
who do not want to pay the overhead for non-interactive
shells by having a lean .bashrc file (they set most of
the things up in .bash_profile).
Same as \--upload-pack=<git-upload-pack>.
Limit fetching to ancestor-chains not longer than n.
Do not show the progress.
Run verbosely.
A remote host that houses the repository. When this
part is specified, 'git-upload-pack' is invoked via
The repository to sync from.
The remote heads to update from. This is relative to
$GIT_DIR (e.g. "HEAD", "refs/heads/master"). When
unspecified, update from all heads the remote side has.
Written by Linus Torvalds <>
Documentation by Junio C Hamano.
Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite