This is a mail posted by Paul on the Mailinglist to get git running:
git clone git://git.dbmail.eu/paul/dbmail
The remote tree is called 'origin', and now you're on the mainline branch, or trunk in svn-speak, using a local copy of the whole history.
Let's see what local branches we have:
git branch -v * master 66e7c88 fix regression in pop3/top command (fixes: #714)
this means we're tracking the mainline branch called 'master' by default, though it could be called anything.
But let's also see what other branches are available from the remote 'origin'.
git branch -r -v
This will list quite a few branches, but you can ignore all except origin/master and origin/dbmail_2_2. The first contains the mainline branch, the latter the 2.2 code.
So let's get the 2.2. branch:
git branch --track dbmail_2_2 origin/dbmail_2_2 git checkout dbmail_2_2
now we're on the local copy of the 2.2 branch
git branch -v * dbmail_2_2 0a49073 revert previous change master 66e7c88 fix regression in pop3/top command (fixes: #714)
git checkout master
and now we're back on the mainline 'master' branch - at HEAD.
Everything, except the initial 'git clone', was done without network access.
Next time around you'll want to pull any upstream changes into your local copy
this will fetch all upstream changes and update your locally current branch