Be careful not to confuse remote names with branches

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Last Updated: 2021-05-15

A deploy to our staging server on Heroku failed. This was because I pushed my staging branch to Heroku whereas Heroku expects the master branch (since this is what it builds upon). This remains true even though I intended to push to the staging server since that server had no way of knowing it is staging and should use that branch.

The fix to this is to specify what remote branch I wish to push to:

# git push <remote-name> local_branch_name:remote_branch_name

git push staging development:master

This command: - pushes to the remote repo called staging (Heroku in my case) - pushes the branch development on my local machine - to the branch named master on the remote machine