'git init -b <branch name>' command in terminal is throwing an 'unknown switch' error
git 2.24 doesn't have option
--initial-branch. It was added in
git 2.28. You need to upgrade to use the option.
Or, as @matt said, create a repo and then rename the branch:
git init repo cd repo git branch -m master slave
prior to git v2.28
git init # ① git symbolic-ref HEAD refs/heads/main # ②
git init, the branch
master does not actually exist. Branches get created only when they have at least one commit.
② This updates
.git/HEAD to contain
ref: refs/heads/main instead of
ref: refs/heads/master. Alternatively,
git checkout -b main.
As @phd said, the
-b/--initial-branch option was added in git v2.28. git 2.28 also introduces a config option to specify your preferred default branch:
git config --global init.defaultBranch main
Learn more about the new
init.defaultBranch setting in GitHub's blog post.
-b flag is only available in version 2.28 or later, you need to upgrade your Git.
On debian-based Linux systems such as Ubuntu, do the following:
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:git-core/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install git -y