tracking a different branch on github

I am trying to track a different branch of a github project.
The project is restful_authentication:

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  • However, what I really want to clone is the modular branch:

    I found this guide:

    and tried a few commands like:

    git checkout --track -b lmod


    git checkout --track -b lmod git://

    but I am getting the following error:

    fatal: git checkout: updating paths is incompatible with switching branches

    Any thoughts on the correct way to do this?


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  • One Solution collect form web for “tracking a different branch on github”

    You cannot just clone a branch, you have to clone the full repository:

    git clone git://

    Then you can use a tracking branch in your local repository:

    cd restful-authentication
    git checkout --track -b lmod origin/modular

    Note that, after cloning, git has set up a “remote” with the name “origin” for the remote repository and “origin/modular” identifies the “modular” branch of the “origin” remote.

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