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Subject: Re: [boost] Post-git forking process
From: Nathan Crookston (nathan.crookston_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-11-22 16:39:10

Hi guys,

> Beman Dawes wrote:
>> Sohail Somani wrote:
>> With Git, it should become easier to contribute said patches as well as
>> pull in whichever particular changes I need. However when I attempted such
>> a fork recently, I was a bit lost. As I understood it, the process should
>> have been:
>> 1. Create a fork of and use this fork
>> in my project
>> 2. Create a fork of the library/libraries I wanted to patch
>> 3. Update the submodules in my boostorg/boost fork to point to my forked
>> libraries
>> 4. Post a pull request for the respective libraries. Once the changes have
>> been accepted, point back to the official boostorg repo
> Git experts: Is the approach Sohail outlines above optimal? If not, what
> would you suggest?

I would do something like the following:

After having retrieved boost, or as much of boost as I needed, I would:

1. Fork that particular repository on GitHub. So, perhaps I'd fork boost.gil.
2. Go to the particular submodule on my local machine and create a
branch for my work. For example, I'd go to gil and run: `git
checkout -b fix_casts`
3. Make my changes and commit on my branch.
4. Next, I would add my forked repository as one of the remotes for
that submodule:
`git remote add personal git_at_[hidden]:ncrookston/gil.git`
5. Finally, I would push my branch to my personal repo: `git push
personal fix_casts`
6. Once on github, I can make the pull request.

This means you don't have to change all your submodules, nor change things back.


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