How to create a commit without a parent in Git?

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In git, is there a simple way of introducing an unrelated branch to a repository?

I have a small project I was working on without any kind of version control software, and I ended up with three different versions of the same script, where each one does something slightly different from the others. I initialized a git repo with one of the versions, and I'd really like to commit each of the other two without parents. That way, I can merge the differences as though each of the three versions of the script were the tips of different branches.

I'm not even sure whether this is necessarily a sane or reasonable way to go about solving this problem... Any advice on how to do things this way, or advice on a better way to handle this situation would be much appreciated.


From my comment:

Why don't you create two branches and add the two other versions to them and then work on the branches?

Which I think would agree with ctcherry's answer as well.


But if you really do want to create a completely different "branch" that is unrelated to master, then you can do it with git checkout --orphan. The manual for git checkout describes to work of the option --orphan:

Create a new orphan branch, named <new_branch>, started from <start_point> and switch to it. The first commit made on this new branch will have no parents and it will be the root of a new history totally disconnected from all the other branches and commits.

You might use it like this:

git checkout --orphan version2
git rm -rf .
<add version2 script>
git add your files
git commit -m 'Initial commit for version 2'

If your Git is older than 1.7.2 (when git checkout --orphan was introduced), then you can use the alternate command sequence from “Creating New Empty Branches” in the Git Community Book:

Ocasionally, you may want to keep branches in your repository that do not share an ancestor with your normal code. Some examples of this might be generated documentation or something along those lines. If you want to create a new branch head that does not use your current codebase as a parent, you can create an empty branch like this:

git symbolic-ref HEAD refs/heads/newbranch
rm .git/index
git clean -fdx
<do work>
git add your files
git commit -m 'Initial commit'