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I create a new branch in Git:

git branch my_branch

push it:

git push origin my_branch

Now say someone made some changes on the server and I want to pull from origin/my_branch. I do:

git pull

But I get:

You asked me to pull without telling me which branch you

want to merge with, and 'branch.my_branch.merge' in

your configuration file does not tell me, either. Please

specify which branch you want to use on the command line and

try again (e.g. 'git pull <repository> <refspec>').

See git-pull(1) for details.

If you often merge with the same branch, you may want to

use something like the following in your configuration file:

    [branch "my_branch"]

    remote = <nickname>

    merge = <remote-ref>

    [remote "<nickname>"]

    url = <url>

    fetch = <refspec>

See git-config(1) for details.

I learned that I can make it work with:
git branch --set-upstream my_branch origin/my_branch
But why do I need to do this for every branch I create? Isn't it obvious that if I push my_branch into origin/my_branch, then I would want to pull origin/my_branch into my_branch? How can I make this the default behavior?

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As per git version, 1.8.0  follow this command

git branch --set-upstream-to origin/my_branch

Or you can use 

git branch -u origin/my_branch

From official announcement of v 1.8.0 

* It was tempting to say "git branch --set-upstream origin/master", but that tells Git to arrange the local branch "origin/master" to integrate with the currently checked out branch, which is highly unlikely what the user meant.  The option is deprecated; use the new "--set-upstream-to" (with a short-and-sweet "-u") option instead. 

For more information please go through the following tutorial to get more info about git:

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