Anonymous avatar Anonymous committed 64da3ae

checkout -m: do not try to fall back to --merge from an unborn branch

If switching from an unborn branch (= empty tree) to a valid commit failed
without -m, it would fail with -m option as well.

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>;

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 		topts.initial_checkout = is_cache_unborn();
 		topts.update = 1;
 		topts.merge = 1;
-		topts.gently = opts->merge;
+		topts.gently = opts->merge && old->commit;
 		topts.verbose_update = !opts->quiet;
 		topts.fn = twoway_merge;
 		topts.dir = xcalloc(1, sizeof(*topts.dir));
 			struct tree *work;
 			if (!opts->merge)
 				return 1;
-			parse_commit(old->commit);
+			/*
+			 * Without old->commit, the below is the same as
+			 * the two-tree unpack we already tried and failed.
+			 */
+			if (!old->commit)
+				return 1;
 			/* Do more real merge */
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