Detached Heads

Learn how you can switch between different commits either in the same branch or across branches.

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Sometimes when using Git you might have seen something like this:

	git status
	HEAD detached at 76d43b6


The HEAD pointer can be moved to an arbitrary point. In fact, git checkout does exactly this. You can specify a reference (like master or newfeature) or a specific commit ID.

The next set of commands will check out the repository at a particular commit:

1	mkdir lgthw_git_branch_2
2	cd lgthw_git_branch_2
3	git clone
4	cd shutit
5	git log

After running the above commands, you will see the log output in the terminal. Hit q to exit the log output, and then run the following command to point the HEAD pointer to a specific commit:

6	git checkout e36355ed00ac3af009d7113a9dd281c269a79afd

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