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Git: Moving a to new branch, tracking a remote branch

Let's say you only have one local branch, master, which, and you want to create a new local branch, stage, to track the stage branch which exists remotely on the origin, you'll want to be careful how to create your new branch. This way is correct:

git checkout -b stage origin/stage

Whereas the following is incorrect, because you will wind up a stage branch integrating with whatever changes you have committed to master:

git checkout -b stage
git pull origin stage

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