Why does Source Tree Pull fetch twice?

Why does 'Pull' perform a 'git fetch' followed by a 'git pull', instead of a 'git fetch' followed by 'git merge/rebase', or just 'git pull' without a redundant first fetch (since 'git pull' is just a short cut for fetch+merge..)?

It seems that requiring two round trips to the server instead of just one would be worse for performance, so is there something additional that the initial 'git fetch' accomplishes?

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I believe that if you hit "Pull", but there are new commits that your local repository isn't yet aware of, SourceTree uses the first fetch to notice this, then halt the operation. I assume it's an extra mistake-prevention feature beyond the default git behavior, so you don't end up merging/rebasing commits that you didn't know existed.

The second fetch is still pointless, so you might consider submitting a feature request at jira.atlassian.com to see if they would consider modifying the button to do a fetch and merge/rebase instead of fetch and pull.

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