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HEAD branch is behind master in SourceTree

Somewhat new to source control and Sourcetree.I checked out a previous commit and it created a HEAD branch (that is not acting like a branch at all).

I want to go back to only having one branch (master). Please help!

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so what I found is that I needed to create a branch from my "HEAD" branch (which isn't really a branch at all) using the new branch command. At that point head is gone! yay! Then I was able to merge that branch with master and delete the unwanted branch I had created from HEAD.

You could also have checked out an existing branch, then used right-click on the latest commit and selected Reset <branch> to this commit to move the branch pointer to where you want it to be.

When HEAD is displayed, it means that you're on a detached HEAD, which means you have no branch checked out and any commits won't move any branches when they're made. If you checkout a detached HEAD in SourceTree, it will warn you fairly obviously, so maybe this was done on the command line beforehand and you saw the after effects in SourceTree.

Like Tarsha de Souza likes this

@edwon 's advice worked for me

@steve did not; when I cheked out an existing branch, I lost of my my changes on a detached HEAD (luckily did a backup beforewards).

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