Why doesn't my git log/history update automatically? Edited


I am running Sourcetree v2.3.1.0 on Windows 7.

I have this option configured in my settings:


I thought this setting would cause my git log/history graph to update automatically and update the log with the latest commits that have been pushed to my remote repo. Instead, I find I have to press F5 or hit 'Fetch' for the log to show the latest commits.



Is there a bug here? Or does this setting do something else that I'm not aware of? If it is the latter, what is it actually doing?

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Jesse Yowell Atlassian Team Sep 19, 2017

There is no bug here -- Git doesn't automatically pull changes for you. That setting will alert you if there are changes on the server (so you can fetch/pull)

Due to the fact that changes can conflict, we aren't going to automatically pull them for you and possibly cause a conflict.

Thanks @Jesse Yowell - I understand that pulling commits will modify my local source, but I thought fetch didn't modify my local source, it only fetched the latest commits into my local git repository somewhere in my .git folder (which I could then choose to pull into my source).

I was expecting this setting to auto-fetch for me.

Jesse Yowell Atlassian Team Sep 20, 2017

@Joshua WilliamsGot it-- yeah. We won't auto-fetch for you. However, I thought this would be rather neat: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10464039/git-automatic-fetching-from-remote-repositories

You could possibly set an alias to fetch the changes and check the status. Note: This won't check for conflicts!

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