Creating a new empty branch for a new project


We are using a git repository to store our project. We have our branches departing from the original branch. But now we want to create a small new project to track some documentation. For that we would want to create a new empty branch to start storing our files, and I would want other users of the network to clone that branch.

How can we do that?

I tried some things, but they didn't work.

$ mkdir proj_doc; cd proj_doc
$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'first commit'
$ git br proj_doc
$ git co proj_doc
$ git br -d master
$ git push origin proj_doc

It seems to push the branch ok, but when I do a fetch or pull, it downloads information from other branches, and then I also get some extra files from other projects. What's the best solution?


You can create a branch as an orphan:

git checkout --orphan <branchname>

This will create a new branch with no parents. Then, you can clear the working directory with:

git rm --cached -r .

and add the documentation files, commit them and push them up to github.

A pull or fetch will always update the local information about all the remote branches. If you only want to pull/fetch the information for a single remote branch, you need to specify it.

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